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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Jalandhar, July 19, 2013
Dalits of village Feroze have condemned Jalandhar rural police inaction against upper-castes of the village, who reportedly thrashed a dalit youth and his mother for not casting votes in their favour in the recently held panchayat elections. The attackers used derogatory comments against the community and threatened them, the attackers have alleged.

The victim Raj Kumar told HT that on July 15 evening, he was attacked by village resident Amritpal Singh and his friends.

“They used abusive language and passed derogatory comments. I managed to escape luckily. After a few minutes one Gurcharan Singh, alias Vicky, along with his friend Kaka reached my home and started misbehaving with me and my family. They manhandled with my mother and wife.”

“At around 10 pm, Gurcharan and Kaka attacked us again with a mob of 40-50 unidentified people. I scaled the walls of my house to flee. They vandalized my house and property,” he alleged.

New sarpanch Gurmej Thapar said, “We have submitted a written complaint to Lambra police station demanding action against the accused but police had failed to do so. We all are living under threat to life these days.”

“Even SSP (rural) has been informed. We have come to know that Gurcharan has now inflicted a injury on himself to get out of the case and prove that he was also attacked. The police are helping the accused and protecting them,” Thapar alleged.

Kartarpur DSP Jasbir Singh Rai, said, “We received a complaint from dalits of Feroze village on this matter two days ago and are probing the complaint. After investigation, a case would be registered against the accused.”