In Madhya Pradesh there was a dispute between two communities over worship on the festival of Shivratri. After this the fight started. About 14 people were injured in this fight. Members of the Dalit community alleged that some people belonging to the so-called ‘upper caste’ allegedly prevented them from entering a temple in Khargone district.
Regarding the matter, the police said that in Chhapra village of Sanawad area, the debate over the worship of Dalits in the Shiva temple built by people of three other communities turned into a fight.
There is news of indiscriminate stone pelting from both the sides in the violence in the area, about 250 km from the capital Bhopal. Senior police officer Vinod Dixit said, “There was heavy stone-pelting from both sides. Complaints have been made from both sides and action will be taken.” A complaint filed by Premlal, a man from the Dalit community, alleged that a group led by Bhaiya Lal Patel of the Gurjar community had prevented Dalit girls from entering the temple.
Police have registered a case against 17 suspects
Police have registered a case against 17 suspects and 25 unidentified persons for rioting and other charges. It also includes laws for the protection of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. A case of assault with a weapon has also been registered against Premlal and 33 others on the complaint of Ravindra Rao Maratha.
Vinod Dixit said, “A team of police and revenue officials visited the village. It was explained to both the parties that no caste can be barred from entering the temple. The villagers have been worried for the past few days over a proposal to cut down a banyan tree, considered sacred by some, and install a statue of BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution and Dalit icon.”
A complaint was filed against six people from the Dalit community by Gujjars for cutting trees. A police officer said that there was also a case of cutting of a tree. It was explained that trees cannot be cut without permission.
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