Shameful! Dalit family thrown out of their house and threatened in Maharashtra

Gadchiroli: A Dalit from Laxmipur village in Kurkheda taluka named Hiralal Shende, demanded stern action against the Purada police station officer for allegedly shielding the accused who threw away his belongings as well as compelled his family to leave his house and village, police sources said here today.

After the incident, Hiralal met the Superintendent of Police here on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum to him requesting for stringent action against the erring police officials and those who harassed him as well as his fanily.

"On February 11, around 13 people entered my house and threw away all my belongings out of my house. They molested my wife and broke portraits of Lord Buddha and Dr Ambedkar," Shende said.

"You will not be allowed to stay in the village until you agree to graze our cattle. They also destroyed our food and then virtually drove me as well as my wife out of our house, warning us to leave the village immediately," Shende's complaint said.

"The next day I went to the Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police office and submitted a complaint. The officials asked me to lodge a complaint at the Purada Police Station. I approached the police station on February 13 and submitted the same complaint but instead of registering my original complaint, the police gave me a non-cognisable offence letter. They failed to take any action against attackers," the complaint said.

"My family has been terrorised due to this incident and it has become difficult for us to return to the village. We have been wandering since the incident and are homeless. The attackers can do anything to my life any time," he said in his complaint.

"Therefore, stringent action should be taken against the police station officer for shielding the accused. Action should also an action be taken against the attackers," Shende said in his complaint.

When asked about the incident, police sub-inspector Sagar Khare of Purada police station claimed that the complaint is being probed and action would be taken after the enquiry.

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