20/07/2016 11:56 AM IST | Updated 20/07/2016 12:21 PM IST

Gujarat Dalit Rights Organisations Call State-Wide Bandh Over Una Incident


AHMEDABAD -- Dalit Panthers of Gujarat on Tuesday gave a call for a state-wide bandh on Wednesday in protest against the brutal thrashing of Dalit youths in Una town of Gir-Somnath district last week.

Various organisations such as the Jan Sangharsh Manch and Dalit Movement of India have supported the call.

"Dalit Panthers of Gujarat has given a Gujarat bandh call tomorrow to protest against the atrocities on dalits in Una town. More than ten organisations have supported our call," said General Secretary of Gujarat Dalit Panthers Rahul Parmar.

The state has been witnessing widespread protests following the incident at Una where seven Dalit youths were beaten up for allegedly killing a cow.

CM Anandiben Patel is scheduled to visit Una town today and meet the Dalit youths who became victims of atrocities.

The protests have turned violent in the last two days. State transport buses have been targeted by angry protesters while 10 Dalits have tried to end their lives as a part of the protests.

The incident had come to light after a purported video showing some persons, believed to be 'gau-rakshaks', publicly beating four partially-stripped Dalit youths at Una town of Gir-Somnath district on 11 July, had gone viral.