AJMER: A dalit family from remote Harpura village of Sarwar block of the district are trying to get shelter going from one village to another these days. They are thrashed and threatened not to enter their village again by feudal lords (samants) so that they can take over their land.
In one case, the samants of a village allegedly broke the nose of a woman and hit on her private parts. The family accused that samants wanted to acquire their land illegally since they the majority group in their village. On Friday, the family came to Ajmer and submitted a memorandum to the inspector general of police seeking security for the safe return to their home.
Dalit Kanaram has a small piece of land in Harpura village and he ploughs the land to grow crops and support his family. “On January 3, when I went to dump the cattle dung in the field near my house, Kishanlal Jat, Jagdish Jat and others came and told me that the land belongs to them. When I opposed them, they started hitting me and broke my nose. They also hit me on my chest and on parts of my thigh after which I get severe bruises. They threatened to leave the village in 24 hours or to face consequences” said Rameshwari Devi, wife of Kanaram.
She added that during the night, the samants came to her house and beat her husband Kanaram, their eight year-old son Govind and seven-year-old Vishnu and one of her sons got a fracture in his hand, “After the beating, we fled from our house early in the morning and went to our relatives’ place. We also approached Sawar policestation and after making few rounds, they registered a complaint. Considering the threat, we have no courage to enter own village and house,” Rameshwari said.
The woman is worried that since last one week their sons are not able to attend school and are not studying. She added that they left their cattle behind and no one is there to feed them. “We cannot live all our life with our relatives and therefore wanted to return back to our village,” she said.
After the incident came into light, the Centre for Dalit Rights sent a team to the village to ascertain the facts. “We received a fact finding report and it is found that the samants of the village wanted to capture the land of Kanaram illegally. The victims are so fearful that they do not want to enter their village again,” said Ramesh Chand Bansal, coordinator of the centre.
He added that the centre also approached police officials but they stated that they are in the process of investigating the matter. “We wanted to provide security to this family in the village,” Bansal said. He also accused that Sarwar is a dalit atrocity zone and in last 10 years, most of the atrocity cases came from this belt.
The Jats are dominating in this zone and the conflict there is mostly on land as the Bisalpur dam is nearby, the underground water level is good and bear good crops. The victim’s family on Friday met the inspector general of police Ajmer range and narrated the incident. They demanded that they should be rehabilitated in their village. “An FIR has been already lodged and an investigation is made by a deputy SP level officer in the matter,” police said.
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