Three days on, Dalit members refuse to cremate youth’s body
Jaisalmer: The pretesting members of Dalit community have not accepted the body of the youth who was beaten to death in Asadi village even after 50 hours.
The incident took place in Girab police station area in Barmer three days ago.
The people of the community postponed all the programmes and meetings on Ambedkar Jayanti on Friday and reached outside the mortuary where the body is kept.
In the afternoon, they marched on foot from the dharna spot to the district collectorate and sat there for an hour under the blazing sun.
The delegation gave a memorandum to district collector Lok Bandhu addressed to the chief minister. Later, they returned to the dharna site.
Dalit community leaders and public representatives from Barmer and Jaisalmer reached the dhana spot and raised questions on the careless attitude of the police and administration that despite lodging a case of threat to life and apprehension of murder, police did not arrest the accused.
To get justice for Kojaram, thousands of people from many parts of western Rajasthan gathered in Barmer.
In the morning, they gave a floral tribute to Dr B M Ambedkar and later cancelled all the programmes. They reached the dharna place in a silent rally demanding justice for Kojaram. After returning from the district collectorate they accused the government and police of double standards with SC-STs.
After the talks failed, the resentment among Dalits increased. Hundreds of police personnel from Jalore, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and nearby districts have been deployed at Barmer district headquarters.
Courtesy : TOI
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