Cops deployed after dalits’ migration from Damoh village
BHOPAL: After migration of dalits from village Achalpur of Damoh district of Bundelkhand, heavy police force has been deployed in the village and a temporary police checkpost was set up in the village to stop exodus.
Top brass of district administration and police swung into action and rushed to the village to control the situation.
Members of powerful Lodhi community of the village started ransacking some locked houses of dalits three days ago. They abused and issued threat to kill those living in the village, police source said. Many of the 20 dalit families living in the village left.
Cops attributed this to a murder of member of Lodhi community living in Gurgaon in Haryana allegedly by dalits of Achalpur village also living in Gurgaon. Of 45 dalit families of Achalpur, 25 live in Gurgaon where they work as labourers.
The incident that took place in Gurgaon had its repercussions in Damoh village, where dalits work as labourers and Lodhis are land owners. DIG Sagar IP Kulshreshtha told TOI, “We have booked those who ransacked dalit houses. We also held meeting of both the community and convinced dalits not to leave village as enough police force has been deployed for protection.”
Cases under sections of IPC and SC and ST (prevention of atrocities) Act were registered against four, Hakkoo, Kaloo, Kripal and Raja. All of them are on the run.
Atrocities on dalits are common in Bundelkhand. Last month in Chhatarpur, neighbouring Damoh, members of upper caste allegedly attacked wedding parties of dalits twice.