Special Correspondent

A tiff at an arrack shop triggered the clash

  • Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police camping in the village
  • All the injured have been admitted to government hospital in Gadag
  • Four platoons of District Armed Reserve deployed in the village

    HUBLI: Twenty persons were injured at Halakeri village in Ron taluk of Gadag district on Tuesday when clashes broke out between Dalits and upper caste people.

    All the injured have been admitted to Government Hospital in Gadag. Tension prevailed in the village, which on Monday had witnessed a rare event of "Belli Rathotsava" performed at the Annadanishwar Samsthana Math by women.

    Deputy Commissioner G.M. Dhananjaya and Superintendent of Police K.V. Sridhar rushed to the village. Four platoons of the District Armed Reserve have been deployed there.

    Mr. Dhananjaya, who camped in the village, told The Hindu that efforts were on to pacify Dalits and the upper castes. He said meetings with the leaders and members of the two communities were held separately for about three hours.

    "I am making all efforts to resolve it amicably. The Superintendent of Police is busy convincing people to remain calm," he said.

    The Deputy Commissioner said no complaints had been registered regarding the incident at Halakere which comes under the jurisdiction of Naregal Station. The reasons for the clashes between were yet to be ascertained as there were various versions doing the rounds. According to one version, a Dalit, who had gone to an arrack shop on Monday night was beaten up by the shop owner's men for not paying for the arrack he consumed.

    On Tuesday, the consumer returned with his friends and supporters to retaliate. This took a turn of clash between Dalits and upper castes.

    According to another version, the Dalit was asked to clean the glasses after he consumed liquor in the shop and this led to the clash.