Kushinagar (UP), April 14 (IANS) A 35-year-old man has been booked by the police for refusing to eat food at a quarantine centre on the ground that it had been cooked by a Dalit.
Reports said Siraj Ahmad, a native of Bhujouli Khurd village under Khadda police station in Kushinagar district, had returned from Delhi on March 29, and was staying at the quarantine centre at the village primary school along with other four people.
On Friday, village head, Lilawati Devi, in absence of the cook, prepared food in the quarantine centre for all the five people but Siraj refused to eat it.
Police, after conducting investigation, registered a FIR against him under the SC/ST Act on Monday.
The village head had lodged a written complaint with the police on Friday and also informed sub-divisional magistrate Desh Deepak Singh and block development officer Ramakant.
SHO Khadda police station, R.K. Yadav said that a case against Siraj was registered under the SC/ST Act.
Meanwhile, on Saturday evening, Vijay Dubey, the local BJP MLA, went to the house of village head and asked her to serve him food cooked by her.
“Untouchability is a social evil that cannot be tolerated at any cost,” he said.