Police told PTI that six persons were arrested under the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
“Even before we could realise what was happening, they started abusing us and then started attacking us with wooden sticks,” Sangita Ranavasiya told NDTV.
The Dalit woman Sangita
The family refused to pick up the carcass of a dead cow as they had left the work long ago after a boycott called by Dalit groups. “We kept telling them we don’t pick up carcasses, but they wouldn’t listen. They kept reminding us that we are supposed to do the menial jobs,” said Nilesh
While his wife Sangeeta was admitted to Palanpur civil hospital, he and others who had minor injuries were discharged after first aid, police said.
As tension prevailed in the village, police tightened security and intensified patrolling, Badgujar said.
“We have provided protection to the Dalit families in the village and are doing our best to maintain peace and harmony among various communities,” he said.
Gujarat has been stirred by protests in recent months after four Dalit men were beaten up in Una, in south Gujarat, by alleged cow protectors in July.