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Monday, November 5, 2012

when "chalo than" call was given

when everything was shattered, political parties were competing for sympathies, people were frustrated, a call was given, which united weeping Than and then Dalits of entire Gujarat. in a meeting at Sardar Bag, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad on 23 September, 2012 'Sabak Sammelan' was organized more than one hundred activists from various community based organizations and NGOs attended the meeting and in the meeting the call 'chalo than' was given and a team was formed and the team visited Than on 25 September, 2012. The members of the team were Raju Solanki, Mahesh Chauhan, Mahesh Parmar, Gunvant Rathod, D K Rathod, Naranbhai Vaghela, KD, Tanushree Gangopadhyay, Rajendra Vadhel and GB.

the deserted streets of Than on 25 September, 2012.

the stones thrown on the road....

it was battlefield, where some unarmed people fought against the butchers of state

it was battle of stones versus carbine guns; resistance versus brutality, 
state versus people

the railway crossing that divides Than on caste line. This road leads to dalit basti

blood of martyr, who was killed by Jadeja, the killer PSI on 23 September, 2012. 

even after 48 hours, the blood stains had not been faded 

the meeting at one of the martyr's home, where activists from Ahmedabad convinced Than people to give the call Chalo Than

weeping widow of Prakash.

Prakash (26)

Mother of Mehul

Mehul (16)

Valjibhai, the valient father of Mehul.

We saw Dalit Women were protesting in the streets. Some so-called Dalit leaders were trying to stop them, but they continued their protest

They were ferocious and angry, because their kids were killed

Gujararti media was not interested in their protest, but they

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