"Udit ji and all Dalit MPs of BJP should resign in protest against countrywide assault on the Dalits by BJP goons", he said.

All Dalit BJP MPs should resign Kejriwal
news Politics Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:09

 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that all Dalit Bharatiya Janata Party MPs should resign to protest the assault on the community by "BJP goons".

"Udit ji and all Dalit MPs of BJP should resign in protest against countrywide assault on the Dalits by BJP goons", he said.

Kejriwal's remarks come in the wake of BJP MP Udit Raj's statement on Saturday where he said that Hinduism was in danger because of its "so-called protectors".

Background

On July 11, seven Dalit youths, including the four, were beaten up in their the village when the cow vigilantes found them skinning a dead cow. The attackers alleged that the Dalits were also responsible for the cow slaughter.

Although the victims told them that they had only skinned a dead cow for leather and had not slaughtered it, the accused took four of them to nearby Una town and once again thrashed them with sticks and iron rods after tying them with a vehicle. They were also paraded half-naked on the road in full public view.

After a video of the incident went viral, it sparked off violent protests across Gujarat.

Many political leaders, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, paid visit to the village.

Police have so far arrested 16 people in this connection and the state government handed over the investigation to CID and notified creation of a designated court to carry out the case.

Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has also announced compensation to the victims.

(IANS and PTI)

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