//Armymen go berserk, attack houses of Dalit

Armymen go berserk, attack houses of Dalit

I P Singh, 3 Oct, 2006, TIMES NEWS NETWORK

JALANDHAR CANTT: Fifteen unidentified Army personnel have been booked for trespassing, rioting, voluntarily causing hurt and damaging property after they attacked around 30 houses of Dalits in the Jalandhar Cantt area on Monday.

Over a dozen persons were injured in Mohalla No. 31, where employees mainly sweepers of Cantonment Board live. Carrying baseball bats and sticks, the attackers also indulged in brick-pelting, said residents.

The Armymen were in civvies and allegedly angry over a chain-snatching incident during Dussehra celebrations on Monday evening. They first thrashed Bunty, a local youth, and blamed him for the crime.

He was rescued by an ASI who told the Armymen that they could get a case registered.