Uttar Pradesh: 17 booked after clash between police and Dalits in Hathras

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The clash between police Dalits and police took place after idols and pictures of Hindu Gods were allegedly removed at a religious function in Jatoi village in Hathras. 

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HATHRAS (UTTAR PRADESH) — As many as 17 people were booked after a clash between police and Dalit youth over the “removal of idols and pictures of Hindu Gods” at a religious function, Gautam Buddha story event, organised in Jatoi village under Sadabad police circle on Thursday, IANS reported.

While members of the Dalits claimed that police misbehaved with them, police said they had reached the spot after they received complaints about an event being held without permission on Wednesday night.

According to police sources, a video, which went viral on social media, shows youths removing pictures of Hindu Gods from the walls of houses.

A youth with a sack can be seen and heard saying, “Have you seen any picture of Babasaheb or Gautam Buddha at the house of a Brahmin? Why have you people put these pictures inside this sack?”

Taking cognisance of the viral video, police launched an investigation and reached the spot.

Ashish Kumar, SHO of Sadabad police station, said, “The police team was attacked when they enquired whether permission was taken to organise the religious event by Dalit youths. A Sub-Inspector and a constable sustained injuries in the attack.

Seventeen attackers and 50 unidentified people have been booked under various sections. A probe is on in the matter.”

After the incident, a Dalit youth, Udayveer, reportedly said, the Police officers have promised to look into the matter of misbehaviour by some cops but they have registered a case against us.

“We have stopped our Gautam Buddha story event and will resume after taking permission. We have nothing to do with the viral video.,” he said. (With IANS inputs)