Valmiki community members take out protest march in city
Hundreds of supporters from the Valmiki community today held a protest march in the city. The march commenced from the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall and concluded at the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC).
The protesters also held a dharna. The irate mob got involved in a tussle with commuters. The police were deployed to control the situation.
The protest affected the traffic for over an hour on the routes leading to the DC Complex. The protesters threatened the commuters and tried to hit their vehicles.
As many as 500 devotees of Valmiki Mahibi Sikh Morcha Community; Shiromani Rangretta Dal; Aadvasi Guru Gyannath Puran Sangarsh Dal; and other organisations of the Valmiki community alleged that the police had failed to initiate any action against miscreants who were involved in the desecration of the Valmiki temple at Kauni village, in Faridkot district.
Mahinder Singh Hamira, the president of the Valmiki Mahibi Sikh Morcha Community said: “On February 25, a total of 40 persons belonging to upper castes destroyed the 35-year-old Valmiki temple in the village and broke the idols of their deity.
The upper caste Jat community tried to occupy the land of temple illegally. However, the police did not take any action against the miscreants.
Hamira said the members of the Valmiki community also protested against the SHO, Sadak Police division, and the DSP Faridkot. Thereafter, losing all hopes, the community members, intensified demonstration and appealed to the DC to initiate an action against the miscreants and the corrupt police officials.
Besides, Joginder Singh, the leader of another Valmiki association, and other dissidents demanded that a case under Section 295-A of SC/ST Prevention Act should be registered against the miscreants and an inquiry should be initiated against the SHO and DSP.
Courtesy: The Tribune