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48 dalits injured in UP caste clash

Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | August 14, 2003 13:01 IST
Last Updated: August 14, 2003 13:21 IST

As many as 48 dalits were on Wednesday injured in a clash with upper caste Thakurs in Tajopur village in eastern Uttar Pradesh's Mau district. "Six of the injured are critical," state home secretary Raja Ram told mediapersons in Lucknow.

It was described as the first major caste clash in UP since Mayawati, a dalit, assumed office as chief minister about 17 months ago. Ironically, it took place just 48 hours before the Independence Day celebrations.

According to Ram, the clash took place following an attempt by a group of Thakurs to plough a large plot of land, officially allotted to some landless dalits under a special scheme for the landless. "The dalits resisted the Thakurs, who opened fire injuring 48 persons," he said.

"Thakurs say the land belongs to them but the government has identified it as that belonging to the local village committee over which the state enjoys sovereign right," Ram said.

Ten persons have been arrested in connection with the clash, Mau Superintendent of Police Piyush Modia told over telephone.

Meanwhile, the government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 50,000 to each of the seriously injured and Rs 20,000 to the others.

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Sub: caste voilence

when former primeminister mr.V.P.Singh implemented mandal comission, every so called sensible person abused and defamed himof dividing the nation on the caste issue, while the ...

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Sub: Castism??

This is precisely how castism is still alive in India and this is exaclty how the media plays a important role in keeping it alive. ...

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Sub: caste voilence

hi everybody , i,know it will be a little bit uncomfrtable to most of you, but i just wasnt to comment something. after about 56 ...

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Sub: Dalits attacked

It is aorth that Dalits resisted in front of the Thakurs for the land which belonged to committee.

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Sub: Shame on Indians

It's a national disgrace...shame we still keep these things alive...

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