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Posted at: Sep 16, 2019, 11:05 PM; last updated: Sep 16, 2019, 11:05 PM (IST)

Call for Dalit boycott in Mansa village sparks row

Call for Dalit boycott in Mansa village sparks row
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Tribune News Service
Bathinda, September 16

A call for boycott of Dalits reportedly given by an individual using local gurdwara’s public address system has sparked a row at Khiwa Dayaluwala village in Mansa district.

A video of the announcement being made from the gurdwara has gone viral on the social media. The villagers were told not to sell or purchase anything from the Dalits.

At the root of the controversy is an accident in which a child from a Dalit family in the village sustained serious injuries. A case in this regard was registered at Bhikhi police station. In a complaint addressed to the Bhikhi SHO, the victim’s family alleged that they were being intimidated by the accused who are making every effort to force them to withdraw the FIR. They alleged that the call for boycott of Dalits was a part of pressure tactics.

The family alleged that the villagers belonging to general category held a gathering at the local dharamshala before the announcement was made from the gurdwara. The complainant, though not named in the complaint, sought strict legal action against those involved in the act. Besides, it was demanded that the treatment of the child should be ensured.

Mansa DC Apneet Riyait said an FIR has been registered against all those involved under relevant sections at Bhikhi police station and further action will be initiated after investigations.

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