Dalit girl dragged by group of youths sparks protest

Pilibhit: A Dalit girl was allegedly dragged from a rickshaw by a group of four youths and took her to a secluded spot before the locals rescued the girl as the incident sparked communal tension in the area.

The girl was returning home yesterday evening when four youths belonging to another community dragged her from a rickshaw and tried to take her to a secluded spot, which was opposed by the locals, police said.

One of the accused was overpowered by the locals and handed over to the police but he was let off after being charged under minor sections.

The locals then resorted to brick batting a religious place in the area.

Senior officials, including the DIG rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, police said, adding that cross FIRs have been registered in the case.

A person was arrested in this connection today, police said.

The Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) has been deployed in the area where the situation was tense but under control, they added.