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India: Local police takes action against anti-dalit "uncivilised" behavior

Tuesday 12 December 2017, by siawi3

Source:http://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/andhra-pradesh-bjp-activist-who-forced-dalit-youths-to-take-dip-in-dirty-water-arrested/articleshow/62026888.cms

ANDHRA PRADESH: BJP ACTIVIST WHO FORCED DALIT YOUTHS TO TAKE DIP IN DIRTY WATER ARRESTED

11.12.17
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A former BJP activist, who was absconding after beating up and forcing two dalit youths to take a dip in dirty water in Telangana’s Nizamabad district , has finally been arrested from a hideout in Hyderabad. Bharat Reddy, who was associated with the BJP in Navipet block, harassed the dalit youths for questioning him about illegal quarrying of mud from a local lake. The incident happened in October. The victims, identified as Rajeshwar and Lakshman, were so scared of Reddy that they refused to lodge a complaint. However, Nizamabad rural police registered a case suo motu a month later, when the video of the episode went viral. Reddy had gone underground after this.

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Source: https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/telangana-man-held-two-months-after-forcing-dalit-youth-to-take-a-dip-in-dirty-water/articleshow/62020220.cms

TELANGANA: MAN HELD TWO MONTHS AFTER FORCING DALIT YOUTH TO TAKE A DIP IN DIRTY WATER

1 day ago

Hyderabad: An upper caste man, who went absconding after giving uncivilised punishment to two dalit youths in Telangana’s Nizamabad district, has finally been nabbed by the cops. The police arrested him from a hideout in Hyderabad on Monday morning.

Bharat Reddy, a local level leader associated with the BJP in Abhangapatnam village in Navipet block, forced two dalit youths to take a dip in dirty water for questioning his illegal quarrying of mud from a local lake in October. The victims, identified as Rajeshwar and Lakshman, were so scared of Reddy that they refused to lodge a complaint with the police despite persuasion.

However, Nizamabad rural police registered a case suo motu a month later, when the video of the episode went viral in November second week. Reddy had gone underground since then.

Rajeshwar and Lakshman tried to stop Bharat Reddy’s vehicles carrying mud dug illegally from local Errakunta Lake.

The duo objected to digging of mud from the lake without permission and its transportation without paying royalty to the village development committee.

Bharat became angry and took Rajeshwar and Lakshman to a dirty water body and forced them to take a dip in it. The video shows the youths begging his pardon but for no use. Bharat is heard using filthy language at the victims.

Since the water was less than three feet deep, the youths could not take complete dip. Bharat forced them to take a complete dip.

The local leaders of the Communist Party organised demonstrations to press for the arrest of the accused.

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Source: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/assault-telangana-dalits-month-accused-bjp-leader-bharat-reddy-custody-72990

Assault on Telangana Dalits: A month on, accused BJP leader Bharat Reddy in custody

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Reddy has been charged under SC/ST Atrocity act and for abduction

Telangana police have finally nabbed Bharat Reddy, a local BJP leader who was absconding for nearly a month, after assaulting two Dalits in Abhangapatnam, Nizamabad district.

The accused had reportedly taken shelter in Hyderabad and was taken into custody on Monday.

According to local reports, Reddy was produced in court.

In November, Reddy’s video threatening two Dalits—Rajeshwar and Lakshman, and forcing them to take a dip in the water for reporting about the sand mining incident went viral. Several Dalit groups protested and demanded action against Reddy. However, Reddy soon went underground, and even the victims were missing.

Read: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/ground-report-telangana-dalit-men-still-missing-activists-protest-police-inaction-71978

In the video, Reddy is seen hurling casteist slurs at the Dalits and humiliating them by asking them to get into the water.

Based on the video evidence, Navipet police filed SC/ST Atrocity case, followed by a kidnap case. After 18 days, in a fresh twist, the victims surfaced in Hyderabad and told police that Reddy didn’t kidnap them, and the video was part of a short film. However, the victims later changed their statement and told Nizamabad police that they were threatened by Reddy, and they had changed their statements because of the threats.

In an exclusive interview to NTV, Reddy who has become unrecognisable after getting a clean shave, said that he was trying to secure a bail and vehemently denied assaulting the victims. After the reporter kept on persisting, he claimed that the video was part of a scene from the short film ‘Dorala Rajyam’ (landlord’s kingdom).

He claimed that the feudal system of landlords continues to prevail in and around Navipet, and hence he made the short film to generate awareness about the cruel system.

In the interview, he also expressed his wish to surrender.

Speaking to TNM, activist Sujatha Surepally said, “We hope that the victims get justice and the accused is punished harshly for his action.â€

“I want to thank all the Dalit members who partook in our rallies in Abhangapatnam to highlight the issue.â€

On Saturday, Dalit groups took a second rally in the village to highlight the incident, and to mount pressure on police to trace Reddy and put him behind bars. On the same day, SC Commission member K Ramulu, also visited the victims and assured them justice.

TNM tried speaking to the Police Commissioner and Navipet Inspector, but despite repeated attempts, the calls remained unanswered.