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Sojitra police in Anand district of Gujarat booked five suspects for allegedly assaulting Dalits in the Rohitvaas area of Kasor village in Sojitra taluka, according to media reports.

According to police, the complainant, Shailesh Rohit,  alleged that he and his mother were assaulted because they were skinning dead cattle, which is the livelihood of most Dalit families in Kasor village.

The incident occurred on Saturday night when members of the Kshatriya community, commonly referred to as Darbars, marched towards the Rohitvaas area of the village and allegedly attacked the victim’s house, manhandling Rohit and his mother.

Members of the Dalit community complained to the police on Saturday and on Monday the police served notices to the accused, who have been identified by the victims, The Indian Express reported.

Superintendent Saurabh Singh said, “We have issued a notice to the accused to appear before the police station for investigation, as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court. We have identified the accused based on the statement of the victim. The accused have been asked to appear on Wednesday as Tuesday being Independence Day and Janmashtmi, the force is busy in bandobast. The accused are very much present in the village and we will question them on Wednesday. They will be arrested soon.”