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Partial response to the Gujarat Bandh, Anandiben Patel meets Dalits
Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:54 PM, Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

There has been partial response to the bandh call given by Dalit Panther and other organizations in some pockets of Gujarat, mainly in Saurashtra region, but that too not at all places of Saurashtra.

So far Dhoraji, Gondal, parts of Jamnagar, Surendranagar and Junagadh districts are witnessing partial impact of the bandh.

At other places like Ahemdabad East some groups of Dalit organizations tried to ensure bandh in local municipal and private schools. Barring some attempts of causing damage to state govt run buses and enforcing bandh, Gujarat is overall peaceful. Worst hit is most vulnerable state transport bus operations.

Dalit organizations have given bandh call protesting against atrocity against Dalit community youths in small Mota Samadhiyala village of Una taluka in southern Saurashtra.

The Dalit youths were shamefully beaten up by alleged Shiv Sena workers as they thought the youths are into killing of living cows, while the youths claimed they were skinning a dead cow.

Brutal thrashing of youths by self-stlye cow protectors went viral and therefore, a week after the incident violence was spread mainly in parts of Saurashtra region.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today visited Mota Samadhiyala village in Una taluka of Saurashtra region of Gujarat where Dalit youths were thrashed over skinning of cow issue.

Chief Minister landed at Diu airport and went to Mota Samadhiyala by road to meet Dalit families.

After interaction with them, Anandiben said there are about 25 families here and they are satisfied with government actions in this incident. She said government will give grant for construction of houses and toilets for these families.

A special camp will be held in order to give them benefits of all government schemes they are deserving. There are government schemes such as widow pension, Maa yojana, Maa Vatsalya Yojana etc. Medical camp will also be organized for them. Those children who are in above fifth standard in school will be enrolled in model schools run by government where fees are not taken.

Anandiben said she had ordered the district administration to complete these tasks in one month period. She said she would visit this place again after two months to see whether the benefits are delivered to victim families.

She said police protection has been ordered for victim families. They have complained that they get threat calls. Such calls are being recorded and whoever responsible would be arrested.


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