Dalit stabbed in Pabnama, upper caste youth arrested

sgrhf18CHANDIGARH: Even as the fumes over the caste violence in Kaithal’s Pabnama village are yet to get doused, a cousin of Surya Kant, a dalit whose marriage with an upper caste girl had triggered an attack on the entire dalit community, was allegedly stabbed by upper caste youths on Tuesday night.

A badly hurt Ram Mehar, 22, cousin of Surya Kant, was referred to PGIMER in Chandigarh. Ram Mehar’s friend Sunil, who also suffered injuries in the incident, has also been hospitalized.

Police have registered a case and arrested the accused youth, identified as Ravi. They have also added various sections of SC/ST Act against the accused.

As per the police complaint, the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon when Ram Mehar and Sunil were returning home. “We were just 100 meters away from our houses, when Ravi, along with other youths of his community, came and attacked us with canes and other sharp edged weapons. We both fell unconscious and I gained consciousness in Kaithal hospital,” Sunil stated in the complaint.

“Except for last month’s violence after Surya Kant’s marriage with a girl from Ror community, we did not have any enmity with anybody in the village,” the complaint said.

Meanwhile, fearing another round of violence, dalit families on Wednesday approached Kaithal deputy commissioner Chander Shekhar and sought action against the accused and demanded setting up of a permanent police post in Pabnama village.

“We have arrested Ravi, who belongs to Ror community, in an attempt to murder case registered against him at Dhand police station,” said Kaithal SP Kuldeep Singh.

“Ram Mehar is not in a position to give his statement. So we are not sure if the case is related to the earlier incidence of violence in the village,” he added.

Last month, nine persons, including seven cops, were injured after youths from Ror community attacked dalit houses as Surya Kant had married a girl of their community, resulting in exodus by 100 dalit families from the village.

 

May 16, 2013, 06.10 AM IST

Source: The Times of India