Mehsana (Gujarat), June 26: The police on Monday, June 25, booked four people belonging to the upper caste for allegedly attacking a barber for entertaining Dalits at his shop in Umrecha village of Satlasna taluka of Mehsana district of Gujarat. Also Read - Night Curfew, Cap on Wedding Guests, Mandatory Test For Travel: How States Are Fighting Fresh COVID Spike
The victim, Jigar, alleged that the four accused had earlier warned him against “cutting hair of Dalits”. Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Eyes Suspension of Flight, Train Operations From Delhi And Gujarat | Final Decision Within a Week, Says Minister
The mother of the victim has identified the accused as Govind Chaudhary, Nanji Chaudhary, Rajesh Chaudhary and Vasant Chaudhary. All the accused are residents of the same village. Also Read - 7 of Family Charred to Death After Truck Crashes Against Their Car in Gujarat
His mother told the police that the men had warned the victim against entertaining the Dalits of the village at his shop.
However, when the police officers went to the village to record statements of the Dalits, they said that no-one from the village ever warned them against going to the barbershop.
Earlier this month, five men allegedly beat up a 13-year-old Dalit boy for “attempting to look like a man from an upper caste community as he wore the traditional shoes and a thick gold chain, usually worn by men from the upper caste.