Mob Booked for Stopping Dalit Man’s Wedding Procession in Gujarat

A mob of around 150 people, including 16 women, from the Patidar community was booked for allegedly stopping the procession of a Dalit man in Khambisar village in Modasa taluka of Gujarat's Arvalli district on Friday, 17 May, police said.

The incident happened on 12 May and had seen stone-pelting, leaving several people, including policemen, injured.

The groom's father, Dayabhai Rathod, filed a complaint on Friday following which a case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, said sub inspector SF Chavda of Modasa police station.

"“We have lodged an FIR today against a mob of around 150 persons. The complainant has identified 45 persons, including 16 women, all from the Patidar community. Their names were mentioned as accused persons in the FIR. Further probe will be conducted by Deputy Superintendent of Police of SC/ST cell S S Gadhvi.” " - SF Chavda, Sub Inspector 

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"They have been booked on charges of rioting (IPC 147), attempt to murder (IPC 307), wrongful restraint(341) and criminal intimidation (IPC 506-2) and the SC/ST Act. No arrest has been made so far," he added.

‘Sought Police Protection a Week Prior to the Wedding’

In his complaint, Rathod said he had sought police protection a week prior to the wedding as some members of the Patel community had warned him against the procession winding through their areas in the village.

Though police, on 11 May, had asked Patel community to cooperate during the procession to be held on 12 May, Rathod alleged that his son's procession was eventually blocked at three different places by Patidar men and women, Rathod's complaint alleged.

When the procession was stopped at the third spot, police tried to convince them to let it pass but in vain which led to a clash in which several members of the Rathod family and policemen were injured, his complaint added.

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