Dalits under attack in India again
The clashes between Dalits and other community members took place near Samter village late on Monday night, when a group of Dalits was returning from the Dalit Pride March held to protest against atrocities and discrimination faced by the community.
“After the rally, anti-social elements blocked the road near Samter when Dalits were returning. They attacked a group of Dalits. We lobbed 46 teargas shells, fired 6 rounds in the air and used batons to disperse the mob,” Gir-Somnath Superintendent of Police H.R. Chaudhary told the media.
The victims claimed that the residents of Samter attacked them to avenge the arrest of 12 people of the village in connection with the public flogging of Dalits by cow vigilante groups on July 11, which triggered state-wide protests by Dalits.Four policemen were also injured during the clash.
Police officials claimed that 22 individuals have been collared after the attack.
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