Six injured in Gujjar-Dalit clash in Meerut
Meerut: A minor dispute between Gujjars and Dalits turned violent when one of the groups started pelting stones on the other one. The incident was reported late on Tuesday night from Meerut’s Rithani village.
According to police, stones were pelted and gunshots were fired during the clash. Six people, including a seven-year-old boy, were injured and were rushed to the district hospital for treatment. Sources said that a social media message in which one of the groups talked about moblising crowd triggered the clash.
On Monday, a Dalit youth named Vikas got into a tiff with Gujjar youths over a minor issue. On Tuesday, Vikas and his friend were allegedly attacked by the Gujjar community while they were returning to the village on their motorcycle. Soon after, some masked men arrived at the Gujjar-dominated village and started firing gunshots. “They also pelted stones at us. The boys were from nearby villages,” said a local resident.
“Both sides have got an FIR registered and the matter is being investigated. Also, negligence on part of local police is being probed as no action was taken on Monday,” Meerut SP (city) Ranvijay Singh said.
There were rumours about the masked men being part of Bhim Army, but all such talk was rubbished by the Dalit outfit.
National spokesperson of Bhim Army, Manjeet Nautiyal, said, “Bhim Army is a social organisation based on the principles written down in the Constitution of India. Anyone who violates law can’t be a part of our organisation. These rumours are completely baseless.
Source: TOI, Oct 03, 2018