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Dalit youth killed, state women helpline team attacked in G

Tuesday,09 Jul 2019

Ahmedabad, Dalit youth was on Monday night allegedly hacked to death by higher caste members in a town near Ahmedabad when he went to pick up his newlywed wife from her parents' home along with a team of the Gujarat Government's Abhyam Helpline.

The Ahmedabad Rural police have lodged an FIR for murder invoking various sections of the Atrocities Act and arrested one person in connection with the case, while seven others are absconding. Police said a search was on for the others, who all belong to the same village.

According to the FIR lodged by Bavika Bhagora, a counselor of the Abhyam Helpline, who was accompanying the deceased Haresh Solanki, 25, they had gone to pick up his wife Urmila Jhala belonging to the high-caste Darbar community when the incident occurred in Varmor village in Ahmedabad district's Mandal tehsil.

A group of around 10 people attacked them and damaged the official SUV of Abhyam Helpline of the Gujarat government before killing Solanki with sharp weapons. Abhyam team members also sustained injuries. The window panes of the vehicle were destroyed by the assailants. Solanki died on the spot.

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