Dalits unload cow carcass in front of collectorate in Gujrat

The protests seem to have had no impact on the state government which has initiated an inquiry by the CID in the incident of the beating of four Dalit boys.

While some torched state transport buses on Monday night, seven others attempted suicides at two different places to mark their protest against the humiliation the lower castes are being subjected to by Hindu vigilante groups in Gujarat.

16 members of the Dalit community, including local Congress leader Anil Madhad, attempted suicide in Saurashtra on Monday and Tuesday as a form of protest after four men from the community were beaten up for skinning a dead cow near Una town on July 11, reported The Hindu.

The Dalit who died during the day was among the five persons from the community who tried to take their own lives in separate incidents in Gujarat. Terming the incident as "unfortunate", Patel also ordered appointment of a special public prosecutor who will be required to submit the charge-sheet within sixty days.

Sources also suggest that the real damage in the form of organising these protests is being done from within the ruling party by Anandiben Patel's adversaries within the BJP. Three of the persons admitted to Una Civil Hospital have since been referred from Una to Rajkot Civil Hospital and one patient has been discharged.

The people replied that they were removing the skin from the cow's carcass. They also looted three mobile phones.

In the wake of the tense situation, the state road transport department today suspended bus services from Porbandar and other parts as protesters continued to block roads.

Deputy superintendent of police, Gir Somnath, K.M. Joshi said nine persons have been arrested in the Una assault case. The state reserve police force was deployed in Rajkot following incidents of stone-pelting in the city.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the state Congress led by its President Bharatsinh Solanki and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela presented a memorandum to Governor O.P. Kohli to condemn the government's "failure" to prevent atrocities on Dalits. Six Dalit protesters survived their suicide attempts.

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