Dalit sarpanch, family attempt self-immolation

Ahmedabad Mirror | Sep 18, 2016, 02.00 AM IST

Distressed by the alleged police inaction against repeated attacks by an antisocial, the sarpanch of Jalila village, along with the deputy sarpanch and his wife attempted suicide outside Ranpur police station. Cops stopped the trio in the nick of time from setting themselves ablaze. Sarpanch Kaliben Solanki, Deputy Sarpanch Manji Solanki and his wife Geetaben had gone to the police station to file an FIR against Bhagirath Khachar on Sunday evening, but were told that an FIR would be registered only after the case was investigated.

The hassled trio then tried to set themselves ablaze after pouring kerosene on themselves, but the cops stopped them just before they could strike a match. Manji has stated in the application submitted to the police that Bhagirath had tried to attack his 60-year-old mother who is also the sarpanch with a sword, but left after village folk intervened. The 45-year-old has alleged that the accused had attacked the family twice in the past as he does not want anyone from the family to contest in the sarpanch elections. More than a year ago the accused had attacked him with stick, leaving his hand fractured. Three years ago, he and his accomplices had attacked the family with sticks. The Dalit family had approached the police then too, but no action was taken against the accused, Manji alleged. Ranpur police said, "Kaliben Solanki has been the sarpanch of Jalila village for past four years. Her son Manji, his wife and grandson Tushar too stay with her. As per the application, Bhagirath Khachar, resident of Darbarwas in Jalila village, has been hostile to them for the past several years."

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