PALANPUR, GUJARAT: A Dalit family, including a pregnant lady, was professedly struck at Karja town in Gujarat's Banaskantha district after the members refused to dispose a cow carcass, police said today.Six persons were arrested under the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, police added.
As per the First Information Report or FIR held up by the pregnant lady's better half Nileshbhai Dhunabhai Ranwasia, a group of around 10 individuals from Darbar people group attacked his family including his wife Sangitaben the previous evening after the family declined to dispose the carcass . "They abused me and whipped me before going into my home and beat my pregnant spouse Sangita on the stomach area and everywhere on her person l with sticks," Mr Ranavasia asserted in his grievance.
He said they also threatened to kill Sangitaben if he did not go to the farm to dispose of the dead animals.Six persons including Sangitaben and two other women sustained injuries.
While Sangitaben was admitted to Palanpur civil hospital, Mr Ranavasia and others who had minor injuries were discharged after first aid, police said.Police immediately rushed to the village and within hours six accused were arrested, Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said
The arrested people were identified as Batawarsinh Chauhan (26), Maknusinh Chauhan (21), Yogisinh Chauhan (25), Bavarsinh Chauhan (45), Dilvirsinh Chauhan (23) and Naredrasinh Chauhan (23).
As strain won in the town, police fixed security and escalated watching, Mr Badgujar said. . "We have provided protection to the Dalit families in the village and are doing our best to maintain peace and harmony among various communities," he said.Protests had shaken Gujarat recently after some Dalit men were beaten up at Una by alleged cow protectors.
In the aftermath of the incident, the community pledged not to skin dead cows, a traditional occupation of a section of Dalits.