Milli Gazette Online
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government tabled the report on Kumher massacre in the Assembly on February 15, thirteen years after the incident. It was Rajasthan’s first and worst Dalit carnage in which 15 people were killed in Bharatpur district. The government had been ignoring the demand of Dalit organisations, but the Rajasthan high court directive in August 1996 has forced the BJP government to table the report in the House. Dalit rights activist PL Mimroth, chairman of Centre for Dalit Rights, had filed a writ petition in the high court saying that the government had deliberately decided not to make the report public.
The government did not present the report in the assembly earlier because of ensuing parliamentary elections, which were followed by municipal and panchayat elections, Mimroth said.
The massacre occurred on June 6, 1992 when people from upper castes had assembled in a panchayat in Kuhmer town of Bharatpur and attacked Dalit localities. The attacks left 15 Dalits dead.
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