Gujarat: Upper castes stop Dalit wedding procession, perform yagnas, force party to turn back

The wedding procession of the Dalit groom, which was held up for over five hours, could not proceed to the marriage venue due to the ruckus created by the Patidar community and family members of the groom blamed the Gujarat Police for the situation.

Police had to resort to a baton charge on Sunday after members of the Patidar community allegedly stopped a Dalit man’s wedding procession in Gujarat’s Aravalli district and the two sides pelted stones at each other.

The incident occurred in the evening in Khambiasr village and officials said a posse of cops had been rushed to the spot to maintain peace. Several people and policemen were injured in the stone pelting.

The wedding procession, which was held up for over five hours, could not proceed to the marriage venue due to the ruckus and family members of the groom blamed the police for the situation.

Patidar community members had stalled the procession by crowding the main road and singing bhajans and performing a yagna, the police said.

“Police have been deployed in large numbers. The situation is peaceful. The groom’s family has been provided protection and we will give them cover on Monday as well,” Gandhinagar Range Inspector General of Police Mayank Chavda said.

Chavda said members of both the communities had been called to sort out matters and bring about peace in the area.

One of the family members of the groom, however, alleged that they had sought protection, but the police failed in getting the procession to move forward.

“We got no police protection and were forced to come back. The members of the Patidar community had blocked both the roads, making it impossible for us to move. We hope police give us protection on Monday so that the wedding ceremony passes off peacefully,” the family member said.

Source: India Today

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