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Wasnik objects to separating dalits from mahadalits

The union minister Mukul Wasnik has disapproved of the bifurcation of weaker sections by the Bihar government. Wasnik, the social justice and empowerment minister, said that he did not approve bifurcation of mahadalits from among the dalits by the Bihar government. He also said that there was no division of dalits and mahadalits in the central list.

Expressing concern at the atrocities against the SC and ST in Bihar, he told reporters, 'It is a matter of grave concern that about 3,800 cases of atrocities against the SC and ST have taken place in Bihar in a year.' Wasnik said that he was informed that the state government has identified 32 out of 38 districts as atrocity prone.

He said that arms licences of criminal and anti-social elements be cancelled and those posing threat to safety and security of dalits be barred from the districts.

The state government should request courts to take up pending cases of atrocities and injustice against the SC and ST as there was growth in such incidents in certain districts due to delay in disposal of such cases, he said.
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