Security withdrawn from home of Dalit brothers who cleared IIT
Police on Tuesday withdrew security from the house of two brothers, who made it to the top 500 in the entrance exam for the prestigious IIT, after an incident of stone pelting in Rehua Lalganj village of Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh district.india Updated: Jun 23, 2015 16:57 IST
Police on Tuesday withdrew security from the house of two brothers, who made it to the top 500 in the entrance exam for the prestigious IIT, after an incident of stone pelting in Rehua Lalganj village of Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh district.
Police claimed the cover was withdrawn following 36 hours of peace and after family members of Brijesh Saroj, 19, and Raju, 18, expressed confidence that the stones pelted at their home was the work of some mischief mongers.
"Following the incident, we had visited the village and the home of the boys. Some constables too were posted. Now that there has been no repeat of the incident and no tension prevails in the village, we have withdrawn the men in consultation with the family members," said Lalganj circle officer Sita Ram.
He said the local police are keeping a tab on the situation and ready to act on a short notice if needed.
Raju and Brijesh cleared the Indian Institute of Technology Advanced examinations last week. Raju secured 167th rank while his brother Brijesh stood 410th in the exam.
On Sunday, unidentified people had pelted stones at their home when some locals and their family members had gathered to congratulate them. At least half-a-dozen stones were pelted at the house at around 7:30pm and some saw the miscreants running away under cover of darkness.
One of the stones had even hit a family member.
The fact that the stones were pelted within hours of the two brothers returning to their village from Lucknow after being felicitated by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav saw the district administration and the police immediately swing into action.
District magistrate Amit Tripathi had ordered the police to provide protection to the family amid fears of more such attacks and four police constables were posted at their home.
Ramesh, elder brother of Brijesh and Raju, told Hindustan Times that Sunday's incident was perhaps the handiwork of some jealous villagers who were unhappy that lower caste boys did so well and were getting so much attention.
"However, everything is fine now," he added.
On Tuesday, Brijesh and Raju attended a felicitation function organised by authorities of IFFCO in Lucknow. The duo would be getting Rs 1 lakh each and some other gifts.
According to media reports, they need Rs 1 lakh to pay for their admission. The family has to arrange the fees by June 25.
Sons of daily wager Dharamraj Saroj, Brijesh and Raju have been promised help from the Union HRD ministry, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and CM Akhilesh Yadav.
Human resource development minister Smriti Irani waived the admission fees and announced they will be eligible for scholarships that cover tuition, mess and other charges.
Sanitation NGO Sulabh International also assured help and said it will take care of all financial expenses of the brothers.
First Published: Jun 23, 2015 15:43 IST