Ten people were injured in a clash in Chhattarpur’s Burha village after people from Patel caste allegedly denied two Dalit girls to draw water from a public hand pump. But police denied the Dalits’ claims.
This is the second such incident in a fortnight in the parched Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh.
One of the two girls, identified as 19-year-old Rajni, alleged that men from Patel caste allegedly slapped them while they were drawing water on Tuesday.
A day later, when Dalit people took up the issue with the Patels, a clash ensued between them. Three of the injured people were admitted at the Chhattarpur district hospital.
The Chhattarpur police said none of the girls or their families have in the complaint alleged they were denied water from hand pump on caste lines.
The two girls were quarrelling among themselves over who draws water first when a man from the other caste intervened to resolve the matter, the police said.
“Cases of breach of peace and assault have been lodged against each other by both groups at Civil Lines police station,” Chhattarpur additional SP Neeraj Pandey told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
Members of the Patel community have been booked under the SC/ST Act on the complaint of the other group.
Earlier this month, a nine-year-old Class 3 Dalit student, Veeran Ahirwar, drowned while drawing water from a well after he was denied access to water from a hand pump in his school in Khamariya Kalan village of Tendukheda block of Damoh district.
A head master and head mistress of the school were suspended by the local authorities in the matter.
19-year-old Rajni alleged that men from Patel caste allegedly slapped them while they were drawing water from a public hand pump in Chhattarpur’s Burha village
A day later, when Dalit people took up the issue with the Patels, a clash ensued between them.