Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cops "tipped" Gujarat's cow protecting Shiv Sainiks, who tied Una Dalits to SUV, assaulted them with iron rods

Protest in Ahmedabad against Una incident
By Our Representative
Amidst Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel ordering CBI probe into the assault on four Dalit youths with iron rods after tying them with SUV in order to punish them for seeking to skin a dead cow in a village near Una town of Saurashtra region, it has come to light that it was the local cops who had “tipped” the attackers.
Quoting police sources, one of the most well-informed Gujarat-based scribes, Prashant Dayal, has said in a personal blog that the police control room of Una had passed on information” to the attackers on July 11, following which the vigilante group of cow protectors reached the village, Mota Samadhiyala, where the Dalits were skinning the dead cown, and beat them us. The four were later taken to Una town, where they were tied to SUV and hit with iron rods.
While the Gujarati blog calls it a “small mistake” or a “misunderstanding” which, it says, “triggered” the events that followed, leading to violent Dalit protests all over Gujarat, it adds, “The police apparently acted on the basis of a wrong information which it had received.”
“The mistake of the cops was, they didn't reach the spot where the incident took place”, the blog says, adding, “They did not even think of information about it to senior police officials, Instead, they handed over the information to cow protectors or Shiv Sainiks.”
Meanwhile, the four cops, responsible for tipping the Shiv Sainiks, have been suspended.
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The startling revelation has come amidst protests, which were confined to Saurashtra, spreading to Ahmedabad. At least seven Dalits are said to have tried to commit suicide in order to highlight the plight of Dalits, one of whom is reported dead.
Part of their hereditary work as tannery workers, angry Dalits across Saurashtra threatened to stop lifting dead cows and instead litter them in villages and towns across Saurashtra. In an unprecendented display of anger, they brought dead cows in tractors and dumped carcasses at government offices of Gondal and Surendranagar.
On Tuesday, things spread to other towns and cities. In Ahmedabad, more than 1,000 Dalits were detained for holding a rally and dharna in the Sarangpur area under the banner of Dalit Panther. In Amreli violent protests broke out following clashes with police, in which a head constable was seriously injured and died after he was admitted in hospital.
In Gondal, Dhoraji, Dhrol, Rajkot and Amreli there were incidents of ST buses being attacked or set on fire. There have also been reports of state highways being blocked for several hours.
The demonstrators were, apparently, not pleased with the response of the state government, which set up an inquiry by the CID Crime in the incident of the beating of four Dalit boys, and said it was “committed” to protecting the Dalits..
Four days after the incident, the Chief Minister on Monday expressed her grief over the incident through tweets saying she was “deeply pained by the incident” and that it was “very unfortunate”. She added, her government was taking all necessary action in the case.
“Our minister and parliamentary secretary have visited the spot. Compensation of Rs 1 lakh per person has been sanctioned. We will continue to extend all support to victims and bear all the expenditure of their treatment”, she tweeted.
Keeping quiet till now, rhe Congress, too, reacted on Tuesday, seeking “strict action” against all the accused, adding that the neglecting cops should be sent to jail for "lackadaisical attitude" on the matter. The Congress declared it would hand over a memorandum to the Gujarat governor, claiming, the Una incident was the result of law and order getting out of hand.

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