Denied entry in temple, Dalits launch protest

08, Oct 2015

Kautilya Singh, TNN | Oct 8, 2015, 01.13PM IST
DEHRADUN: After being “forcefully” removed from their village, group of Dalits from Gabella village, who were denied permission to enter the temple, sat on a hunger protest outside the Gandhi Park of Dehradun on Thursday morning.
On a written complaint by the villagers, the district authorities and police staff took away the protestors from the village late on Wednesday.
While Daulat Kunwar, who was heading the protest was admitted to government hospital at Vikas Nagar, the others were treated at different locations.
On October 5, Kunwar under the aegis of his organisation Aaradhna Gramin Vikas Kendra, had taken out a 10 day yatra of the area for the “welfare of Dalits.”
First he was not permitted to hold a rally at Quansi village and thereafter denied entry in the temple at Gabela village, about 130 km from state capital.
“If district and police authorities think that by removing us from the village they can deter us from our mission, then they are wrong. We will stick to our demand, we will continue to hold protest till the time we get an entry in the temple with due respect,” Kunwar told TOI on Thursday morning.


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