Dalits in Gujarat protest over crime against community members

Parents of Jayesh Solanki, the Dalit youth who was allegedly beaten to death by a group of men for attending a garba event in Gujarat’s Anand district.(HT Photo)

AHMEDABAD: Under the siren of the recent incidents of crime against Dalits in Gujarat, activists from the community on Wednesday held a protest outside the state secretariat in Gandhinagar, during which some of them were detained.

Dalit agitation spearhead Jignesh Mevani was also detained from his residence in Ahmedabad early this morning, to prevent him from taking part in the protest.

The activists, associated with the ‘Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch’, were detained by Gandhinagar police before they could enter the secretariat complex this afternoon.

“We have detained around six Dalit activists from outside the Sachivalaya (secretariat). They will be released later,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, H M Jadeja, said.

Those detained include, Subodh Parmar, Kaushik Parmar and Dixit Parmar.

During the protest and subsequent detention, these activists shouted anti-BJP slogans and demanded the resignation of minister of state for home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja. They alleged that atrocities against Dalits are on a rise under the BJP rule.

Meghaninagar police inspector Dinesh Punadiya said Mevani was also detained from his residence in Meghaninagar area in the city early on Wednesday morning to prevent him from attending the protests at Gandhinagar.