Muslim goons try to seize land from a Dalit lady, UP police swings into action

A video has surfaced where a Dalit woman from Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh has accused Muslim goons of forcibly capturing her land. 

Responding to the viral video, the official Twitter account of Balrampur police tweeted, “Investigation has been carried out in connection with the case. There is a land dispute between the two parties and a notice has been issued by the Revenue Department. The case is listed for hearing in the court. Peace is prevailing on the spot.”

In the video that is doing the rounds on social media platforms, the victim, identified as Ratna Devi aka Gudiya has claimed to be from the Paswan caste and has explained in detail the atrocities committed against her. Ratna Devi has levelled serious allegations against Muslim thugs who have beaten her up with the aim of forcibly encroaching her land and forcibly trying to evict her from it.

Ratna Devi added that the accused have illegally occupied her land and have been constantly harassing her, threatening her with dire consequences. She also claimed that her husband and her children have already been physically assaulted by the accused and even the village head has extended his support to the culprits.

The woman alleged that the local police has not paid heeds to her complaints and she is left with no other option but to leave the village. In the video, Ratna Devi’s husband points to the house of Zahid Ali, Chand Ali, Sattar Ali, Pir Ali and Subrati, who live in front of their house, stating that they want to encroach on their land.

Soon after the video went viral, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s information adviser Shalabh Mani Tripathi took cognizance of the case and ordered the UP police to take strict action against the accused. Following this, the police and local administration swung into action and launched an investigation into this matter.

After the Balaram police took cognisance of the matter on Twitter, senior police officials reached the woman’s house to know whether she is still facing some problem or not. The video of the meeting between the senior police officials and the complainant was shared on Twitter.

The victim has demanded stringent action against the culprits. The senior police officials assured her that her complaints regarding the encroachment and harassment by the accused will be taken care of. The police have also given her their personal contact details in case her issues are not addressed by the local police officials.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.