The attack on a Dalit youth in Gujarat’s Limbodara village on October 3 which has widespread outrage was fake and staged, according to Gujarat Police. The 17-year old was allegedly attacked with a blade for sporting a moustache. The police claimed that to garner publicity, the boy had got a wound inflicted on himself with the help of two friends, who are also minors. Superintendent of Police, Gandhinagar district, Virendra Singh Yadav said, “We set up three teams and investigated. The forensic team found no blade at the spot, and the investigators could not trace the attackers or the vehicle. People in the area told us they saw no crime and did not hear a scream,” as per The Indian Express. Earlier, the boy had claimed that he was also attacked on September 25 along with his cousin Piyush Parmar (24) for sporting a moustache.
According to Hindustan Times report, the minor has said, “I was not attacked by anybody. I inflicted the injury myself with the help of friends just like that.” The boy also denied any pressure or threat. The teenager’s father was also present at the press conference held by police. Police also said that the father admitted his son’s mistake. SP Yadav said that in this case the FIR is fake. “These are all young kids and we do not want to escalate the matter and ruin their future, ” he added.
The mother of that Dalit minor was also ashamed at the deeds of her son. She said, “We are discontinuing his education. He has brought shame to us. We will let him take exams externally.” Jignesh Mevani, a Dalit leader has questioned the proactiveness of the police. He asked: “How are the police so proactive in this case only? Even if the story of the boy is fabricated, as the police allege, it does not change a thing. What happens in the other cases?”