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Amid violence and protests over the Una incident, a 15-year-old Dalit boy was allegedly beaten up in Gujarat state on Thursday, as his father refused to dispose off cattle carcasses in the village.
According to IANS, the incident took place in Bhavda village of Daskroi taluka in Ahmedabad district.
In his complaint to police, the victim’s father Dinish Parmar alleged that the two people — Sahil Thakore and Sarvarkhan Pathan — from the same village beat their son Harsh, while he was sitting with a friend in their colony.
Police said that they have arrested two people. “A case has been registered under the Prevention of Atrocities (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Act, besides other provisions of the Indian Penal Code,” Kanbha police station officer Govindbhai Parmar told IANS.
Parmar had refused to remove the carcasses in response to a call by Dalit organisations protesting the assault on Una youths. “Removing carcasses was our traditional work but after the Una incident, I took a pledge to give it up. I now depend solely on the daily wages I earn for a living,” said Dinesh Parmar.
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The incident left Harsh traumatised and he was sent to his aunt’s house in Vastral area in Ahmedabad, the report said.
On July 11, seven Dalit youths were brutally beaten up by a cow vigilante group at Mota Samadhiyala village in Una tehsil of Gir Somnath district. The assailants had alleged that the youths had killed the cow which they were skinning. The video of the incident went viral, sparking nation-wide protests.