Friday, November 07, 2003

Unnao incident (burning of 7 dalits) engineered: Mulayam's brother

By Vinay Krishna Rastogi in Lucknow

Shiv Pal Singh Yadav, younger brother of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yagav alleged that "evil political forces" were behind the blood-curdling incident in Unnao district in which seven Dalits were burnt alive.

He alleged that the incident has been engineered to defame the government of his brother.

It may be recalled that seven Dalits were roasted alive on the night of November 5/6 at Dostpur village under Fatehpur Chaurasi village in Uanno District about 70 km from Lucknow. Before they were roasted alive they were beaten with lathis, canes, and leather belts.

The seven who were burnt alive included three children- Neetu(7), Seema (4) and Reena(1). The appeal of the victims to at least spare the children fell on deaf ears.

Others who die are Ganga Ram (55), Munni Lal (24), Bitaulia(57).

Shiv Pal, who is the Agriculture Minister of the state said that the Bahujan Samaj Party could be behind the incident. An inquiry would be set up soon to unravel the truth.

Shiv Pal warned that the government would come down with a heavy hand on those who are trying to foment trouble in the state in order to engineer the fall of Mulayam Singh government.

"Ham Aise Logo Ka Parda Faash Karenge Aur Unhe Nanga karenge" (we shall expose such forces) Shiv Pal said in anger.

Shiv Pal also blamed "certain political forces" for the recent communal violence in Bareilly, Agra, Meerutand Varanasi.

On the other hand the state unit of the BSP alleged that Dalits were being systematically attacked in the state ever since Mulayam Singh government has come to power.

State general Secretary of BSP lashed out at Mulayam Singh Yadav for directing district magistrates not to use the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes(Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Even the issue of last rites of the dead is mired in controversy the state unit of the BSP lashed out at the district administration of Unnao including District Magistrate Ajai Kumar Singh Yadav for exerting police pressure on the relatives of the deceased to throw the bodies in the Ganga instead of taking them to their native village for burial.

There is a custom in the tribal Kanjar community to bury the dead instead of cremating them.

Te district administration fear that if the bodies are taken to the village there might be a fresh spate of violence and retaliation.

Source: Sify news, November 7, 2003


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