Tuesday, January 11, 2005

'Upper caste' people thrash Dalits, scribes

Rajbiraj: A group of "upper caste" people today manhandled Dalits who had reached the Madhpati VDC to enter a local temple at Kanakpur in Saptari district. They also thrashed a group of journalists who had gone to cover the event.

Local correspondent for Kantipur daily, representative of the INSEC year book Prakash Khatiwada and The Himalayan Times reporter and district vice-president of FNJ Jitendra Khadka were injured in the attack.

The Chaudhary, Yadav and Shah castes have banned the Dalits from performing pooja in the temple. A group of Dalits tried to enter the temple today with the help of the January Chetana Dalit Sangam, a local NGO working for the Dalits.

Om Bahadur Khadka, Indra Narayan Chaudhary, Acch-mital Chaudhary, Shanti Devi Chaudhary, Bindi Lal Chaudhary, Manpur Chaudhary, Dorkilal Shah, Nathuni Shah and Samful Chaudhary reportedly attacked them. A group of ‘upper caste' hooligans also used abusive language before manhandling the journalists.

Officiating SP Sanjaya Singh Basnyat said security forces who had reached the spot after three hours arrested Om Bahadur Khadka, Indra Narayan Chaudhary, Dorik Lal Shah, Soman Yadav, Bindeshwor Chaudhary, Bodhi Chaudhary, Kishun Shah, Shanti Devi Chaudhary and Hariya Devi Chaudhary.

Source: The Himalayan Times, January 11, 2005

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