Tent house owner booked for casteist slur against Dalit
Bareilly: A tent-house owner has been booked under provisions of the SC/ST Act for allegedly making casteist abuses and turning way a Dalit man who had gone to his shop to book for a tent for his sister’s engagement function at Naugavan village under Fareedpur police station limits here on January 5. Police are investigating the matter.
According to Manoj Valmiki, initially when he went to the local police, his complaint was not registered. Then, he approached local MLA Shyam Bihari Lal and on his intervention, police registered a case and began a probe into the matter.
According to Valmiki, his sister’s engagement was fixed for January 6. “For the function, we needed a tent for the guests. When I visited the tent house, its owner, Iqbal, refused to rent me a tent, saying they didn’t deal with Dalits, especially Valmikis,” he claimed.
Manoj said since no other facility was available in the village, he offered to pay the rent in advance but he was still denied.
“When I argued, what harm would it do if he rented a tent to us, he started abusing me, using casteist slurs and threatened dire consequences if I did not leave his shop immediately. I returned home and with a few family members and neighbours went to the police station to lodge a complaint but to no avail,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Dhananjay Singh, SHO of Fareedpur, said they had registered an FIR under provisions of the SC/ST Act had been registered. “We have lodged the FIR and the area circle officer, DSP Nagendra Yadav, is investigating the matter himself.”
DSP Yadav told TOI, “I am investigating the matter and will visit the village soon. If the allegations are found to be true, we will take strict action against the accused tent house owner.”