July 19, 2016 11:13:30 pm
AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal will visit Gujarat on Friday, his second visit in a fortnight, to meet the members of the Dalit community in the wake of assaults on them after some members allegedly skinned a cow at Una last week.
The decision on Kejriwal’s visit to the state comes a day after Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel ordered a CID probe in the incidents, and also announced setting up of a special court for “speedy” trial.
The incident at Una town in Gir-Somnath district, where Dalit youths were paraded and flogged for allegedly killing a cow, caused nation-wide outrage after its video went viral. The victims’ contention was that they were skinning a dead cow and had not killed it.
“Kejriwal will visit Una to meet the dalit victims on July 22,” said a party official.
Apart from Rs 1 lakh compensation, Patel had also announced that the state government will bear all the medical expenses of the seven Dalit youths, who were injured in the incident and are undergoing treatment at various government hospitals in Una, Junagadh and Rajkot.
This will be Kejriwal’s second visit to the state this month. On July 9, he had visited Somnath temple. AAP has been trying to make inroads in the state, which saw Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister for over 12 years.
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