Police in Gujarat said that a Dalit teenager whose relative was thrashed for sporting a moustache in Limbodara village last week has been attacked two unidentified men.
The relative of 17-year-old Digant Maheria told police that he was attacked by two bike- borne men intercepted the teenager and slashed his back with a blade when he was returning home from school this afternoon, reported PTI.
This comes just few days after a Dalit was beaten to death in Anand in Gujarat for watching Garba performance at a temple. 21-year-old Jayesh Solanki was beaten to death after the his assailants said that he had no right to watch a garbha event.
Digant is the cousin of Piyush Parmar, who was allegedly thrashed by members of the Rajput community on 25 September. He was accompanying Piyush when the incident took place, his kin have claimed.
“Digant told us that two unidentified men attacked him using a blade. He received some cuts behind his back in the attack. We have started the process of filing an FIR in the case,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (Kalol division) V N Solanki said.
According to Digant’s uncle Kirit Maheria, his nephew was attacked because Piyush had earlier lodged an FIR against the upper caste men.
“Digant was present when Piyush was thrashed. Today, two men, who were wearing masks, intercepted Digant when he was returning home after giving his exam. The bikers told Digant that they have received Rs 1.5 lakh to attack those who had lodged the FIR,” alleged Kirit.
“Before Digant could understand anything, one of them attacked him with a blade and made several cuts on his back.
Digant received deep wounds in the attack. He is now out of danger,” he claimed.