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Jan 29, 2013 at 09:11am IST

Crimes against Dalits by those in power on the rise: political arrogance or caste prejudice?

Satara: A newly married Dalit couple was allegedly beaten up by a mob in Satara in Maharashtra with the attempt to kill them. The attackers have been accused of killing the couple's relative and are allegedly close associates of local Congress MLA Jaya Kumar Gore.

The couple have survived, but political pressure is allegedly being applied on hospital authorities to change their medical report. Police are also reportedly reluctant to file an FIR.

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Meanwhile, in another case of crime against Dalits, a Congress councillor from Jind in Haryana has allegedly killed a Dalit woman and severely injured her husband in a case of land grabbing. The woman's family claims that the councillor shared a plot of land with the woman's husband Ramniwas.

The councillor was attempting to take over the area, said the family. The deceased's family also claimed that the councillor has been harassing the family for a while.

Also, in a previous incident the councillor injured the woman's son. The police has filed a case against the official - who is absconding. But the woman's son alleged that the police has been helping the councillor in the land-grabbing attempt.

"They lodged an FIR, but haven't caught the councillor yet. The police repeatedly told us they would broker a compromise. The police here is making a lot of money operating a land grabbing operation," woman's son said.