Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A former village head, who happens to be Dalit, fatally attacked in a village 59 kilometres from Rajkot

By Our Representative
Former village head Mulabhai Hamirbhai Parmar, a Dalit from Mota Hadmatiya village, Jasdan taluka, Rajkot district in Gujarat, was furiously attacked with sticks and other lethal weapons by a group of high-caste persons near the local Ramdev Temple on May 24, 2014, while he was returning from the local milk dairy. Parmar is seen here taking treatment in the Rajkot Civil Hospital. According to Manjula Pradeep of the Navsarjan Trust, a Dalit rights group, “The reason for attack is, two years ago, Parmar’s niece lodged FIR against Jayraj, one of those who attacked Parmar, in the local police station. The Rajkot sessions court convicted Jayraj. Enraged by the judgment, the accused, accompanied by other relatives, attacked Parmar on the day of the judgment." The case was under investigation by deputy superintendent of police, SC/ST cell, Rajkot district.

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