Atrocities against Dalits on rise in NDA rule: RJD



Patna: The opposition RJD on Sunday slammed the NDA government for the alleged rise in attacks on dalits in Bihar citing the recent report of arson at Harchanda village in Darbhanga district as the latest instance.

"The dalits are being attacked and traumatised by influential people right under the nose of the NDA government," RJD Chief General Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Kripal Yadav told reporters here after returning from Harchanda village.

The dalits of Harchanda village were living in constant fear of those people who torched their houses a fews days ago and broke the statute of the dalit icon B R Ambedkar and vandalised a temple, he said.

The police have not arrested the real perpetrators even though the number of dalits, arrested and booked under various provisions of the law was high, Yadav said.

State RJD President Ramchandra Purve has demanded a compensation of Rs. five lakh each to the aggrieved dalit families and adequate security to them, besides repair of damaged Ambedkar's statute and dalit's temple, besides the arrest of attackers and their time-bound prosecution.

The RJD will launch a statewide agitation soon if the state government failed to accept their demands, he said.

PTI