Dalits barred from playing cricket by Darbars
Ahmedabad: As the Dalit youths of a Surendranagar village were barred from playing cricket by the so-called upper caste Naroda Darbar community, and with local police acting like lame ducks, anactivist on Tuesday wrote to Gujarat DGP Shivanand Jha, seeking his intervention.
On July 7, members of the Dalit community were allegedly assaulted by upper caste men at Kathada village in Patdi taluka of Surendranagar district, for playing cricket at the village ground. 7/24/2019 Dalits barred from playing cricket by Darbars
According to the FIR filed at Dasada police station, Manu Vaniya (30), the complainant, told police that the incident happened when some eight or ten boys entered the ground to play cricket. Vaniya and the others were earlier threatened by the prime accused, Raju Vanol, who told them not to enter the ground. When Vaniya and others entered the ground and started playing, Vanol and others rushed there and started abusing them with casteist slurs. When the Dalits objected to that, Vanol pulled out a knife and threatened to kill Vaniya and the others if they played cricket there.
Though Vaniya had filed an FIR on July 7, police amended and added the relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act only on July 17. The case is being investigated by the DSP of the SC/ST cell for Surendranagar district. However, no actions was initiated by Surendranagar police in the case, alleges the letter written to the Gujarat DGP by activist Kirit Rathod.
Rathod said that when he went to meet the cops at Dasada police station, he learned that the PSI, who is in charge of the police station, could only be met between 10am and noon every day.
Courtesy : TNN