Gandhinagar, July 19: Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel has handed over the case of thrashing four Dalits who were alleged for skinning a dead cow last week in Una, to CID Crime Branch and asked department to take sternest action as soon as possible. She further announced that a “designated court will be set up to expedite the trial and chargesheet will be submitted within 60 days.” She further said that, “We will continue to extend all support to victims. Gujarat Government is fully committed to protection & development of weaker sections of society”.
Meanwhile, Seven Dalit men attempted suicide in Gujarat and buses were set on fire on Monday protesting against the atrocity on them. The protest was against thrashing four Dalits who were alleged for skinning a dead cow last week in Una, around 360 km from Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
Dalits held protest rallies in major towns including in Gondal, where five members of the community consumed pesticide while two members consumed it in another town Jamkandorana town. All seven persons are under treatment in a government hospital. Among those who attempted suicide includes one local Congress leader Anil Madhad in Gondal. Two state transport buses were burnt in Rajkot and Jamnagar. A group of protesters blocked a national highway that connects Rajkot and Porbandar for hours.
Last week, four men, said to be tannery workers by the police, were tied to an SUV, stripped and flogged with sticks by "gau-rakshaks" or cow protectors. The victims, who are Dalits, had told the attackers that they were only taking the skin off a carcass. The self-styled protectors did not listen anything and started beating victims by rods and iron pipes etc. Severely wounded, the young men have been in hospital for a week.
These so called cow protectors published the video on social sites through which local police identified the attackers and took action against them. The police have arrested eight accused while four policemen, including an inspector, have been suspended for not taking any action against accused. Notably, State officials have announced that compensation of Rs 1 Lakh is sanctioned to the victims.