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Rahul Gandhi visits massacred Dalit victims' kin

india Updated: Mar 15, 2008 20:30 IST
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, visited the family members of the five Dalits who were killed by Dacoits in this bandit-infested southern region of Uttar Pradesh.

Gandhi drove straight to the house of Vishram Singh Dohre who along with four other members of his family were killed in an armed attack allegedly by a dacoit gang from a nearby village on Tuesday night.

Gandhi spent almost an hour talking to the surviving family members and elders of the village, enquiring about the unfortunate incident.

Dohre (52), his wife Longsri, son Arjun, daughter-in-law Soni and grandson Rinku were brutally killed on the intervening night of March 12 and 13 while the police, stationed at close proximity proved helpless to save them.

Dohre, an activist of a Dacoit reformist movement, 'Chambal Ghati Vinoba Bhave Mission', lived nearly 500 metres away from Ekdil police station and had also been threatened of dire consequences for his reform work in the past.

He survived by four grandchildren, all girls between the age of three to seven months. Dohre's son-in-law Survesh who was visiting the family on the fateful night also survived the assault and is the complainant and prime witness in the case.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who is accompanying Gandhi, said the party has announced Rs 2.5 lakh as compensation to the family members the victims.