UP: Dalit Families in Azamgarh Flee as UP Police Allegedly Vandalise Homes, Harass Women
At least half dozen houses belonging to the dalit community in Palia village of Azamgarh district, including the village head, were allegedly demolished and furniture and other household items were ransacked. Even women and children were not been spared from cruelty when local police raided the houses on June 29.
According to the police, the trouble began following a dispute between a doctor and some people in Palia village under Raunapur police jurisdiction on June 29, after which two policemen posted at a picket in the area. However, the villagers claimed that the same night, police surrounded the dalit hamlet and damaged the houses and looted them following which, the villagers fled….
“The policemen, along with some others, demolished my house with JCB machine. They hurled abuses at us, made casteist remarks and threatened to kill us. My family members, including women and children, were present at the time of the incident,” he said, alleging that the cops had come with heavy reinforcements to demolish their houses….