A couple of days ago, the entire country seemed to have been infuriated because of repeated atrocities committed on the Dalit community in Gujarat by the upper caste citizens.
An incident from Gandhinagar in fact reported of a blade attack on a Dalit boy, whose apparent fault was simply sporting a mustache. Social media was abuzz with the news, criticizing not just the attackers but the Gujarat government as a whole:
Gujarat: 2 men attack 17-year-old Dalit boy with blade in Limbodara; the village recently saw 2 attacks on the community
— TOI Ahmedabad (@TOIAhmedabad) October 4, 2017
— RTGWorld (@RTGWorld) October 4, 2017
— Brendan Dabhi (@BrendanMIRROR) October 4, 2017
However, the Gandhinagar Police rubbished the claim about the blade attack inciedent in Gujarat’s capital city, allegedly by upper class men, as being false and a fabricated rumor that was fanned by a local NGOs.
In a report by ‘Desh Gujarat’, the complainant had faked the attack under the influence of an NGO. Here’s an extract of the complaint registered by the teenager:
On 3rd October at around 4.30 pm, I was returning to him home from school after giving exam, when two unidentified persons came on bike from back side. They had covered their faces with handkerchief. They threatened me in connection with cases filed against Rahulsinh and Maursinh and asked me that I should not dare to move outside. One of persons on bike attacked me with sharp shaving blade on back.
Digant had filed a complaint with the Kalol taluka police under sections 135/17 and 326, 506(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and section 3(2)(5) of the Atrocities Act. Investigations was handed over to RG Bhavsar, under supervision of Virendrasinh Yadav. Three teams were formed to look for the attackers’ bike.
The probe, however, revealed many discrepancies in the manner the incident was alleged to have taken place. Not only was no blood found during forensic reconstruction at the crime scene and the clothes worn by the victim were not consistent with the description advanced. Whats more, no CCTV footage could establish the credentials of the alleged crime committed. In fact, a shop-owner in the vicinity even denied occurrence of any such incident whatsoever.
Interrogation of the victim revealed a whole new story altogether. Maheria admitted that he and two of his friends – both minors – had purchased the blade and it was them who had caused the injury. He later contacted the media for publicity. Maheria’s parents as well as the parents of the minors admitted that the complaint was falsified. He also admitted that several NGOs visiting the village had instigated him to make up the false story.