Mahadalits wedding party under attack in Bihar village

Patna: A group of “strongmen” in a village in Gaya district, Bihar, allegedly attacked a wedding party of a Mahadalit community as it walked through an area and played music, police said on Friday.

More than 12 people on the groom’s side were injured in the attack. Some of them suffered skull fractures and were hospitalized.

The incident happened in the village of Tirkha Saraiya in Gaya on Wednesday evening around 8 p.m.

After the attack, people on the groom’s side fled the scene in an effort to save their lives.

The “strong men” also did not allow the wedding to take place in the village.

Lalan Das, the father of the bride, filed a complaint with the police against more than 10 people belonging to a particular caste.

“As the wedding party and DJ vehicle approached my home in Tikha Saraiya village, Chandan Yadav, Surendra Yadav, Nandlal Yadav, Ramdev Yadav, Pujan Yadav, Munib Yadav, Munirka Yadav, Ganesh Yadav were wearing truncheons in their hands, abused us using caste remarks about the wedding party and attacked them. They said ‘how dare you DJ and dance in front of our houses?’ More than a dozen people on the groom’s side were also injured in the attack, and they also did not allow the wedding to take place at my house,” Lalan Das said in her complaint.

“I have arranged my daughter’s marriage to Guddu Kumar son of late Mudrika Ram in Ganauri Dih village under Paraiya police station,” Das said.

He also said his family was dejected after the wedding did not take place on June 8.

Some of those injured, identified as Rakesh Kumar, Pankaj Kumar, Mantu Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Dharmdev Das suffered serious injuries.

Alok Kumar, the SHO of Khijsarai Police Station, said: “We received a complaint of physical assault by a group at a wedding party. An FIR under the relevant sections of the IPC on physical assault and the SC-ST act recorded at the police station. The investigation is currently ongoing and the accused will soon be arrested.

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