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Dalits of Alwar village driven out by Meo Muslims

Dispute over a petty issue between Meo Muslims and Dalits on 19 January turned violent in which a Meo boy (Zahid) was killed. Agitators burnt Dalit houses and ransacked their properties. Dalits of Husaipur in Alwar district were driven out after a violent clash. The fight began when a hen was crushed under the wheels of Zahid’s tractor. A fact-finding team of the Centre for Dalits Rights after visiting Husaipur said in its report that most of the houses belonging to Dalits were destroyed and jewellery and cash looted. Satish Kumar, director of CDR, said that only a few Dalit women were staying in their homes while their male members had left the place to avoid further confrontation. So far five Dalits have been arrested by the police on charges of Zahid’s murder. The CDR has estimated the loss to be around Rs 50 lakh and at the same time has complained that the district administration has not conducted any survey to find out the damage caused due to the violent clashes.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 18

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