Tension simmered in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar towns of western Uttar Pradesh after two incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the last two days.
Eight people, including a pregnant Dalit woman, were injured when Gujjars attacked Dalits in Mawana area of Meerut on Wednesday.
Gujjars fired over 22 rounds and beat up Dalits in a clash at Meeva village over a dispute on right of way.
The attack on the Dalit family in Meerut came even while caste tensions were simmering in the nearby town of Muzaffarnagar.
Dalit youth Vipin Kumar was badly beaten up by Hindutva activists who alleged that he had insulted Hindu gods. They forced Mr. Kumar to say “Jai Shri Ram” and hail other Hindu gods