Upper caste strongmen set afire 25 houses of Dalit villagers in Bihar to grab their land
The incident took place in Katihar district on Sunday
PATNA: Alleged influential upper caste villagers torched at least 25 houses of Dalits in Bihar, rendering the poor homeless in the scorching sun.
Dalit villagers have alleged the upper caste strongmen raided their homes at Sanjheli village in Katihar district on Sunday and set their houses on fire in a bid to grab their land.
According to the victims, the miscreants riding several motorbikes raided their homes on Sunday, brandishing arms and went on setting their huts on fire. Within, minutes the houses were reduced to ashes as the poor villagers wailed inconsolably.
Victim families alleged the attackers threatened to kill them when they offered protests. They also alleged the local police didn’t take note of their complaints when they rushed to the local Kadwa police station. They were instead asked to reach the SC/ST police station.
A local senior police official Vikas Kumar told the media that a case had been registered with the police station and raids were on to nab the absconding accused persons.