Digvijay accuses UP govt of being insensitive to Dalits

Lucknow: Accusing Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh of being insensitive to Dalits, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said the state police is committing atrocities against the most backward community for not being with the ruling BSP.

Citing an instance, the Congress leader alleged some families belonging to the Rajbhar community were evicted recently from their houses in a village near Varanasi by some BSP office-bearers in connivance with the local administration and left shivering in the biting cold just because they were not supporting the BSP.

The incident occurred at Shahpur village in Varanasi district on January 3, he said in a statement here.

"When the ousted families staged a demonstration and attempted to burn an effigy of the CM, police lathicharged them and they were later arrested on the orders of the divisional commissioner," the Congress leader alleged.

He alleged that the arrest was ordered when the affected people were going to meet the commissioner to recount their experience.

Digvijay alleged that president of an outfit called Bhartiya Samaj Party Omprakash Rajbhar and eight others were arrested on false charges and were lodged in jail.

"This incident indicates that the government is insensitive towards most backward castes and is committing atrocities against them, because they are not with the BSP," he alleged.