More than a dozen homes of Dalits were set on fire allegedly by people from the Yadav community in Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav’s constituency Raghopur, Bihar, on May 28.
Several shops in the Mallikpur village located in the riverine area of Raghopur were also torched in the incident. According to sources, what triggered the tussle between the Dalits and Yadavs was a land dispute. The persons behind the incident are said to be from RJD.
The victims alleged that the people from the Yadav community first thrashed the Dalit families following which they burnt their houses. Tension is prevailing in the area. Police is camping in the area to control the situation.
“We were repairing our house which was in dilapidated condition but the people from the Yadav community stopped us from doing so. We pleaded with them to allow us repair our houses but they did not let us do that. When we protested, the police, along with the accused, started to beat us. Later, they set 15 houses on fire. We are being victimised by the police as we are not getting justice,” said Phudaini Paswan, a dalit victim.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi has taken cognizance of the atrocities on dalit in Raghopur and directed the Vaishali superintendent of police to take stern action against the perpetrators.
Speaking to India Today, Modi alleged that the persons who torched the homes of Dalits are from RJD and they were being provided patronage by Tejashwi Yadav.
“I have spoken to the Vaishali SP. People from RJD are involved in the incident. Investigations is going on, and no guilty will be spared. Tejashwi Yadav should have gone to Raghopur to stake stock of the situation. However, he is providing patronage to the accused as they belong to RJD,” said Sushil Modi, deputy Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, senior JDU leader Ashok Chowdhary visited the affected village at the instructions of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to find the facts leading to the incident.