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Dalit families in Aligarh village threaten to convert to Islam

PTI
Published May 22, 2017, 5:28 pm IST
Updated May 22, 2017, 5:28 pm IST
Dalits alleged that police were targeting them following a clash with upper caste Thakurs over the construction of a drain.
Administrative officials and security forces patrolling in old city area of Phool Chauraha in Upper Fort of Aligarh following tension. (Photo: PTI)
 Administrative officials and security forces patrolling in old city area of Phool Chauraha in Upper Fort of Aligarh following tension. (Photo: PTI)

Aligarh: Dalits in a village here have threatened to convert to Islam, alleging that the police were targeting them following a clash with upper caste Thakurs over the construction of a drain.

Members of the community in Keshopur village had on May 16 clashed with Thakurs. Several persons, mostly Dalits, were injured in the violence, following which police complaints were filed by both sides.

 

The Dalits in the village staged a protest and alleged that the police discriminated against them when it came to taking action.

They threatened to convert to Islam "if justice is not done" by Saturday.

SDM Pankaj Kumar Verma told PTI that the incident was being probed "in a fair and an unbiased manner".

Verma said disputes over drains and water channels are normal in rural areas but "they do not lead to such inter-caste clashes".

"We have appealed to both sides to show restraint and have faith in authorities," he added.

 

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