Thanagadh killings: Dalits hit the street, hundreds detained
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Around 3,000 dalits were detained across the state on Sunday during their state-wide protest against the alleged inaction by police in arresting culprits of the Thanagadh killings.
While 200 of them were detained in Ahmedabad, 100 people were taken into custody in Vadodara, 300 activists in Surendranagar and Patan districts, and 200 people were detained in Surat, police said.
The protest began from Babasaheb Ambedkar's statue near Sarangpur here. Traffic remained affected for several hours after agitators blocked the road.
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) vice-president Girish Parmar claimed that in the last 40 days, "eight dalits have been killed across the state, three dalit women have been raped and seven murder attempts have been made against the community".
Dalits from Thangadh are on indefinite fast for the last 10 days demanding justice for families of the deceased.
Three persons, including a minor, were killed after police opened fire in air at Thangadh town in Surendranagar district following violent clashes involving dalit and bharwad communities on September 22.
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