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Dalit killed for offering prasad in a Bihar temple

Tension prevails in Garai village of Nalanda district after a Dalit was killed in a clash with upper castes on Dussehra night over making an offering to Goddess Durga, report Ramashankar.

patna Updated: Oct 13, 2008 01:39 IST
Ramashankar

Tension prevails in Garai village of Nalanda district after a Dalit was killed in a clash with upper castes on Dussehra night over making an offering to Goddess Durga. Three Dalits were also injured in the violence.

Armed police had been deployed in the village, Nalanda Superintendent of Police Vinit Vinayak said. One of the seven accused has been arrested.

Police teams were conducting raids to nab the others named in the complaint lodged under the various sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the police officer said.

The trouble started when members of the Dalit community reportedly asked the temple priest to let them be the first to offer prasad to the goddess. The upper castes, who had been waiting in the queue for some time, opposed it.

“We have contributed equal amount for the puja. Why should they (upper castes) be given priority,” Karu Paswan, a Dalit, reportedly asked the priest.

This led to an exchange of words between Paswan and the priest. The upper castes intervened, triggering a clash. Ratan Singh, an upper caste, allegedly opened fire, injuring three persons, including Karu Paswan.

Paswan succumbed to the gunshots on way to the Patna Medical College and Hospital, the SP said. Singh is absconding.

Three Dalits, injured in stone-pelting, were still in hospital, the police officer said. Four men from the other group were also injured in the clash.