UP: Panchayat bans Dalits from entering fields

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Muzaffarnagar, Sep 16: A community panchayat has banned the entry of Dalits in agriculture fields after a member of the community filed a police complaint accusing an upper caste of rape attempt, a villager said.

Dalits have been debarred from cutting grass and carrying out other labour work in Wazirabad village of the district.

The panchayat took the decision in response to filing of an FIR by a Dalit man alleging that Vinod Kumar tried to rape his wife on Sep 10.

The panchayat though decided that Vinod was being 'falsely' implicated.

Tension prevails in the region but DSP Nitin Tiwari said police are taking precautionary measures in order to prevent the disruption of law and order.

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