Dalits outraged after ponds they use filled up with mud excavated from another pond

A freshwater well and a pond used for washing laundry by Dalits in Jetalvasna village in Visnagar taluka of Mehsana district, Gujarat, has been filled up with mud excavated from another large pond at the heart of the village leaving the community outraged. Following a complaint from the Dalits, district authorities have now ordered the pond be restored to its original condition.
Dalits do not access the large pond fearing the dominant Patidars who use it. Patidars account for more than 50 per cent of the village population of 3,300. Dalits number just around 400, OBCs (Thakor and Prajapati) another 400, and others make up the rest. The large pond is about 1.5 km away from the pond and freshwater well in Rohit Vaas, the locality where Dalits live. 
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