Thursday, November 06, 2003

Seven Dalits killed in UP

PERVEZ IQBAL SIDDIQUI

LUCKNOW: Seven persons, including three children, three women and a man were burnt alive while over twelve others injured when a group of miscreants set Dalit houses ablaze in Unnao district late on Wednesday night.

The gruesome incident was an outcome of a group clash, sources said.

On Wednesday afternoon a group of Nut community members entered into an argument with members of Kanjhard community—both Dalits—over the issue of goat grazing in Danpur Sibli village under Fatehpur Chaurasi police station of Unnao district about 60 kilometers from the state capital.

The issue was later resolved by the village elders.

Despite the compromise, one section managed to set their rivals’ homes ablaze. From among the dozen odd houses engulfed by flames, nearly a dozen occupants managed to run to safety and escaped with minor burns.

However, later it was discovered that three women, three children and a man were roasted alive, reports reaching the state capital said.

Top officials of Lucknow Range, which covers Unnao, are camping at the site to supervise subsequent action in this regard. Further details were awaited.

Source: The Times of India, November 6, 2003

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