Denied drinking water from temple, Dalits protest for their rights in Uttar Pradesh

The workers were cleaning a drain outside the temple in Thana Bhawan town on Saturday.

Published: 28th July 2019 02:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2019 02:50 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

MUZAFFARNAGAR: Several Dalits have staged a protest after some sanitation workers were allegedly not allowed to drink water from a temple in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, police said on Sunday.

The workers were cleaning a drain outside the temple in Thana Bhawan town on Saturday.

The priest refused to allow them to take water from a handpump inside the temple and closed the door, an officer said.

Several people belonging to the Valmiki caste staged a demonstration and demanded registration of an FIR against the priest. Police reached the spot and pacified the crowd by assuring an investigation, the officer said.

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