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21 Booked For Hurling Casteist Slurs During Dalit Groom’s Procession In Raj

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Mumbai:  The police have booked 21 people for allegedly hurling casteist slurs and creating ruckus during a Dalit groom’s pre-wedding procession in Rajasthan’s Kota.

DSP and circle officer (CO) Praveen Nayak said that seven people were also kept in preventive custody under Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and some of them were already booked.

The incident happened on Friday night when Sanjeev Meghwal’s ‘Bindauri’ mare was being lowered on the mare in Goyanda village.

The DSP said some ‘upper caste’ people hurled casteist abuses at the guests and created a ruckus after the ceremony was over after the groom offered prayers at the temple.

Anticipating that there might be an attempt to disrupt the ceremony, four police personnel were already deployed to join the procession, which was moving peacefully through the village. While it was passing through an “upper caste-dominated area” on way back home, some people used abusive language against the guests and created a ruckus, he added.

He said the additional police force was immediately sent to the spot, though the miscreant had fled.

The DSP said security has been beefed up in the village and the situation is normal.

On Saturday, on the complaint of the groom’s father, the police registered a case in Ramganjmandi against 21 named and some other unidentified persons under section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and provisions of the SC/ST Act against 21 named and some others unidentified people, Ramganjmandi Station House Officer (SHO) Manoj Berwal said.

Meanwhile, DSP Nayak, who is also the investigating officer (IO) of the case, denied any incident of scuffling with the guests.

“There was no manhandling with the guests in the procession nor the groom was forced to dismount from the mare. Some people belonging to the upper castes, who were apparently drunk, hurled casteist slurs and attempted to create a ruckus while the processing was passing through their locality. A case has been registered and the investigation is underway,” the DSP said.

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