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250 booked for rioting after Dalit woman lodged atrocity complaint in Vadodara | Ahmedabad News

The Vadodara rural police Wednesday booked 250 persons in a case of rioting that took place Tuesday evening at Gametha village of Padra taluka.

The rioting took place after a Dalit woman lodged a complaint against a villager under the Atrocity Act following which an FIR was filed Tuesday afternoon. One person has been arrested in the atrocity case.

The Vadodara police said Wednesday that the clash occurred late Tuesday evening when some Dalit community leaders were visiting the village to meet the complainants in the two atrocity cases that were filed at Vadu police station in a gap of 10 days.

On August 4, 13 villagers had been detained in an alleged incident of atrocity and criminal intimidation during the cremation of a Dalit man. On August 15, Dharmishta Rathod (35), who is also a member of the village Panchayat, lodged an FIR against Mansinh Padhiyar for allegedly hurling casteist slurs at her while she was washing clothes at the lakeside in the village.

Vadodara Superintendent of Police Rohan Anand told this newspaper that the police had booked members of the mob that came face-to-face during the visit of the Dalit leaders to the village. “Since there have been two incidents of Atrocity in the village and two separate FIRs lodged, including the one on Tuesday, some Dalit leaders from Vadodara were visiting the complainants. It coincided with an evening aarti at the local temple where the other villagers were present in big numbers. A verbal spat escalated into a riot… The mob was immediately dispersed by the police that had been deployed in the village following the FIR by the woman in the afternoon,” Anand said.

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The FIR states that Padhiyar had objected to Rathod washing clothes at the common lake. In reference to the earlier FIR lodged on August 3, he “scoffed at me stating that our community had become too ’empowered’ to file complaints against the villagers”, the FIR states Rathod as saying.

Before Tuesday’s rioting, Padhiyar was arrested under Indian Penal Code Section 294 C for uttering obscene words in a public place as well as relevant sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

“We have arrested the accused in the Atrocity case. As far as the second FIR for rioting is concerned, it has been lodged by the police. We have video footage of the clash and the process to identify many of the 250 persons booked in the FIR has begun… Meanwhile, we are also holding a meeting with the peace committee of the village on Wednesday evening since this is the second similar incident from the village this month,” the SP added.

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