Written by Hamza Khan
| Nagaur |

Published: February 22, 2020 4:25:48 am





Rajasthan: ‘They wanted to spread fear among Dalits by making us an example’ Mainly recognized as a Jat celebration, RLTP has thrown its weight behind the Dalits, apparently to sway the Dalit vote whereas consolidating its Jat base, since Jats and Rajputs are conventional caste rivals within the state. (Representational Image)

On Friday, seven males of their underwear lined up at Panchodi police station in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district as Inspector General, Human Rights, Bipin Kumar Pandey referred to as them up for questioning one by one.

On February 16, the boys, all of whom work at a bike service centre, allegedly stripped a 23-year Dalit youth after accusing him of making an attempt to steal cash, inserted a screwdriver in his anus and recorded the act on a minimum of two telephones.

“They should have respected the law and handed over the two to police,” Pandey mentioned, “Now they are repentant.” The males face an FIR underneath a number of IPC sections, together with try to commit culpable murder and fees underneath SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

About 12 km from the police station, at Bhojas Gram Panchayat, Bisha Ram (24) sits in a newly constructed, small room. Next to him is his cousin Panna Ram, 18, who was additionally assaulted. Behind them are their moms, Gita and Dapu, respectively.

“Don’t know why they had so much anger for us,” says Bisha, who appears somewhat dazed due to the incident and the regular stream of politicians and officers visiting him. “Maybe they just wanted to spread fear among Dalits by making us an example.”

Bisha’s comment is backed by some political leaders visiting his residence. “The heinous act was done simply to spread fear among the community,” says Madan Dilawar, BJP MLA from Kota’s Ramganj Mandi. Bhanwarlal Bhil, Jodhpur in-charge of BSP, says the act reeks of “a feudal mindset”.

According to Panchaudi SHO Rajpal Singh, six out of the seven arrested are Rajputs and one is a Muslim.

Bisha says that he purchased a bike “about 7-8 months ago” with a down fee of Rs 20,000 and the remaining is to be paid in instalments. “About two instalments of Rs 4,200 each were left. On Sunday, I went to get my motorbike serviced, but Bhim Singh denied the service, saying that I should pay the instalment first,” he mentioned. “The instalment wasn’t even due till the 20th,” says his father Jagdish Ram (47). “The dispute was over the instalment,” insists Bisha.

The relations mentioned throughout the argument, the workers on the service centre hurled caste abuses at Bisha. “Bisha told them, ‘Aap Thakur ho toh mera kya kar logey? (What can you do to me if you are Thakurs)?” says his uncle Bhura Ram, 29, who identifies himself as an activist.

On February 19, after movies of the incident went viral, an FIR was lodged in reference to the assault. A counter FIR was lodged in opposition to Bisha and Panna after Hanuman Singh, supervisor on the service centre, cited CCTV footage through which Bisha can purportedly be seen stealing cash from the money register. The FIR says the workers was having lunch when Bisha stole Rs 50,000 from the money register. It is alleged that Singh inserted the screwdriver in Bisha’s anus.

Bisha claims that he was compelled to fiddle with the money register in entrance of the CCTV. “How is it possible that at a service centre, which has a staff of 12-15 people, there is no one by the cash register and everyone is having lunch,” asks his father Jagdish.

Bisha and Panna have been questioned twice by the police. On February 19, they went to the police station with a grievance in opposition to the service centre workers after the movies went viral. According to police, each side reached a compromise on February 16 after Bisha’s elder brother Durga Ram was referred to as to the service centre and made to pay Rs 5,100 as “fine.”

“Panna and I were detained around 9 am on February 19 when we went to lodge a complaint with our family members. About 5-6 policemen accompanied us back home at about 1 am on February 20. They again took us to the police station at 6 am on February 20 and kept us till 7 pm,” Bisha says.

Bhura says a minimum of two different accused are absconding. The household now calls for arrests of all of the accused, monetary assist for the 2, trial in a fast-track courtroom, safety for the household and correct remedy of the 2.

“They were examined by a medical board on Thursday but we have not received a report so far,” says Bhura. Bisha says that his physique nonetheless aches from the assault. “The duo has been given Rs 50,000 each under provisions of the SC/ST Act,” says Bhura.

Meanwhile, whereas leaders from each the BJP and Congress are visiting the victims, it’s BJP ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party which has taken up the difficulty most aggressively. Party chief and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal was among the primary to elevate the difficulty on social media and three celebration MLAs walked out of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s finances tackle on Thursday over the incident.

Mainly recognized as a Jat celebration, RLTP has thrown its weight behind the Dalits, apparently to sway the Dalit vote whereas consolidating its Jat base, since Jats and Rajputs are conventional caste rivals within the state.

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