Seven Dalit men have tried to commit suicide in Gujarat's Rajkot district to protest against the killing of cow. The incident happened on Tuesday near Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statue.
The name of the person have been identified as Rajesh Parmar, Ramesh Pardhi, Jagdish Rathod, Bharat Solanki and Anil Maghad.
To end their lives, those seven persons had drink poison near Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's statue in market area of Gondal town.
The two others have been recognized as Kishor Solanki (30) and Amrit Parmar (25). They tried to commit suicide at Jamkandorna
Later, they were taken to a hospital in Gondal town.
The issue came to limelight when video showcased the persons being beaten up with iron rods and sticks, went viral on Whatsapp and Facebook. In the video, some people are seen chained to a car while the accused are seen thrashing them.
Police said, “The five men in Gondal managed to consume a poisonous substance despite security personnel being present after they had threatened to take such a step.”
"They were protesting the brutal assault on fellow Dalit youths in Una town of Gir Somnath district," Inspector Vijay Chaudhary said.
Gujarat government has ordered a probe into the matter. The investigation will be done by CID officials. Moreover, the incident has become a major political issue for the Gujarat government.
‘Nine persons including four policemen have been suspended for dereliction of duty. The authorities also paid Rs one lakh each to the victims,’ police said.
Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said, “designated court will be set up to expedite the trial and chargesheet will be submitted within 60 days.”
‘The video which was shared on social media was captured by Pramod Giri Goswami, president of Shiv Sena unit in Gir Somnath district and head of the local cow vigilante group,’ sources said.
The victims said, “They had bought a dead cow and was skinning the carcass when the cow vigilantes accused them of cow slaughter.”