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Row over wedding party in UP village: many say want to leave

Days after a groom’s marriage ceremony procession was attacked, a number of households from the Dalit group in an Aligarh village say they want to go away the village, accusing individuals type a minority group of harassing them often, particularly over marriage ceremony processions.

Members of the opposite group have denied the allegations, and as a substitute accused individuals within the marriage ceremony procession of violating Covid-19 laws by assembling in large numbers, and with out masks.

The altercation befell at Tappal’s Noorpur village on Thursday. An FIR has been filed accusing some members of the Muslim group for alleged assault and utilizing casteist slurs, whereas the Dalit members have been booked for alleged violation of Covid protocol.

“We acquired info 5 days in the past {that a} scuffle befell throughout a groom’s procession in Noorpur,” Shiv Pratap Singh, CO, Khair, stated. “Prima facie, we discovered that individuals from a minority group had requested the opposite minority part to halt the procession till their prayers had been accomplished. This escalated and somebody within the crowd vandalised a automobile belonging to the groom’s facet.”

“The household has additionally alleged they had been crushed up, which is being investigated,” he stated.

In accordance with police, the procession was being taken out in a lane reverse a mosque on Thursday. Because the congregation coincided with the afternoon prayers, residents requested the household to halt music by DJ till the prayers had been over, in accordance with native residents and police officers.

The groom’s facet allegedly refused and an argument ensued.

“It was my daughter’s marriage ceremony and as a part of the ritual a few of us had gone to deliver the baraat residence,” stated Omprakash, a neighborhood resident. “We had been intercepted by individuals from the minority group; they objected to the procession. Our group has confronted oppression on many events — they try to cease our marriage ceremony processions. Once we tried to cause, they attacked and beat us.”

“It was humiliating to face this one my daughter’s marriage ceremony day. I additionally acquired accidents,” he stated.

A number of residents alleged that bored with police and administration inaction, they’re compelled to think about migration. On Monday, The Indian The Press Reporter discovered rows of homes belonging to individuals from Jatav group having put up messages with blue chalk, stating that their home was on the market. “I put up this signal as a result of we need to go away. The Dalit group has been on the receiving finish of insult and assault. We don’t really feel secure on this village,” one resident stated.

The CO stated: “The SDM and senior law enforcement officials have been in contact with the residents. They’ve been assured of all attainable motion. They’re cooperating with us. We have now additionally stationed police personnel within the village.”

Noorpur is predominantly a Muslim village, with practically 800 homes. There are about 100 households from Dalit group.

“We have now movies of the procession, exhibiting a whole bunch of individuals,” Alam, an eyewitness, stated. “Once we advised them to take precaution, they obtained aggressive. We additionally requested them to halt for a couple of minutes till the azaan was over. They stated nothing will cease the procession…This seems to be politically pushed since each communities have lived right here peacefully.”

The native residents additionally alleged that the general public named within the FIR weren’t even current throughout the incident.

The FIR has been registered beneath related sections of SC/ST Act in opposition to 11 individuals. It alleged that individuals from the Muslim group have harassed them throughout marriage ceremony processions in earlier situations as nicely. The Dalit members face an FIR for violation of Covid-19 laws beneath the Epidemic Act.

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