Two days after a mob went on a rampage in a Dalit colony attacking resident and also the police who tried to control the situation, 28 people have been arrested.
On Thursday night, eight people and 15 police personnel were injured when a group of upper caste people ransacked houses in a Dalit colony in Huliwana village of Mandya district, over the marriage of an inter-caste couple. A man of the Dalit community and an upper caste woman from the village had gotten married in the sub-registrar's office recently.
Superintendent of Police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase told The News Minute that the marriage was the â€śbone of contentionâ€ť. Asked if the couple was also attacked, he said that the couple was not present in the village when the violence occurred. â€śTheir family is in touch with us. The couple is in Bengaluruâ€ť he said.
A total of 10 FIRs have been registered in connection with the violence on Thursday booking numerous people for rioting, assault, and preventing public officials from carrying out their duty, besides various sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act. He said that the was the marriage of a man from a Dalit community with an upper caste woman. He said that protection had been given to the colony.
Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes PM Kamalamma visited the village on Saturday and directed the district administration to organize a peace meeting. The total extent of damage is still unclear.