MADHUBANI: CASTE CLASH BETWEEN BRAHMIN AND RAJPUT OVER CONTROL OF POND LEAVES 5 DEAD

Caste clash between Brahmin and Rajput: A new outfit of upper-caste Brahmins allegedly killed 5 youths of the Rajput community in the Madhubani district of Patna. The horrific incident took place on a holy day, the day of colors, and weeks later justice has been served. According to the victim's families, the root cause of the violence was a refusal to supply banned gutkas. The Maithili community of Brahmin allegedly blamed Rajputs, to prevent them from fishing, in the village pond and taking away their fishing rights.

TEJASHWI PRASAD YADAV CLAIMS :

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, leader of the opposition, led a team of upper caste leaders in his party, visited the village and claimed the Maithils had formed a new militant organization, called Ravan Sena, resorted to violence, by firing on five youths, which led to them being dead, on spot. Tejashwi, palaces, few allegations, first being that the nearest police station-Benipatti was three km away from the village. Still, the police came eight hours after the firing. The second allegation was on the district SP and deputy SP, who were close to the accused and refused to entertain complaints. Addressing a press conference, Yadav said, “Neither chief minister Nitish Kumar nor the deputy chief ministers visited the village. It was only after I visited the site of the incident and talked with the family of the deceased that the main accused was arrested. It shows the government only acted when there was pressure from the opposition.”


HIGH PROFILE MINISTER’S STATEMENTS OVER THE INCIDENT:

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met a delegation of upper caste Rajput leaders and assured that all accused would go behind the bars. There have been former complaints against the police task force, by Jaikumar Singh, a minister of JDU. Senior BJP leader and forest minister Neeraj Kumar Babloo, also claimed that ignorance of the police, got the Rajputs killed. Former Governor of Kerala and former police commissioner of Delhi Nikhil Kumar visited the village along with some senior Congress leaders and stated they have taken no strict actions against the accused.


UPDATE ON THE CASTE CLASH SITUATION:

According to the latest report, eight people out of 35, against whom FIR has been reported, got arrested. The main accused in this case, Pravin Jha (30) was hiding in Nepal. Thereafter, with the help of local police, they nabbed him and got him arrested on Wednesday morning. SP of Madhubani, Satyaprakash, following the orders of chief judicial magistrate, property of the two accused have been confiscated and families of the remaining accused were told to ensure surrender of all accused, who had reportedly fled to neighboring Nepal.

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