Maharashtra: Dispute over caste panchayat leads to clash, 14 arrested
An altercation over a caste panchayat meeting called to decide a marital dispute led to a clash between two groups in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, police said today. While some twenty people were injured in the incident that took place at Srigonda town three days ago, fourteen persons have been arrested so far, said Sub-Divisional Police Officer Sudarshan Munde.
Panchayat was called to solve marital dispute
Members of the Nandiwale-Tirmal community had called a caste panchayat on July 11 to decide a dispute between a couple, where the woman did not want to live with her husband and in-laws.
People got angry over a man shooting panchayat video
The community falls in the nomadic tribe category. As the meeting began in the presence of 11 "panch" (jury), a man identified as Anil Palve started shooting the proceedings on a mobile-phone. Palve, a member of the same community, was opposed to holding of the caste panchayat, the officer said. Some people objected to his shooting the proceedings, and it led to a clash.
Groups attacked each other with swords, sticks, stones
The two groups attacked each other with swords, sticks, stones, and bricks, in which 20 persons from both the sides were injured, the officer said. Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, Munde said, adding that fourteen persons from both groups were arrested on the charges of assault and attempt to murder under the IPC.