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MP: Villagers refuse to eat sweets touched by Dalit boy

29, Jan 2016
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The duo refused to touch mithai after Sumant Ahirwar, a Dalit student brought it from a room as directed by a school teacher.
Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: January 29, 2016 12:21 am
Two upper-caste villagers allegedly refused to eat sweets during a Republic Day function at a school in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, saying they were contaminated after a Dalit student touched them, police said on Thursday.
The Shahganj Police have booked Gaurishankar Gaur and Ghanashyam Patel under various sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the IPC after a signed complaint was received about the incident in the government middle school in Akola village, about 75 kilometres from Bhopal.
The duo refused to touch the sweets after Sumant Ahirwar, a Dalit student, brought them from a room on being asked to do so by a teacher. Ahirwar later approached the police.
Head Constable Chandrashekhar told The Indian Express Thursday that a sub-divisional police officer was probing the incident and the case diary would soon be sent to the SC/ST police station. No arrest has been made.


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