Upper caste men lynch Dalit in Bihar

Patna, Novermber, 15 : A 55-year-old Dalit was beaten to death, allegedly by upper caste people, at a village near Patna on Friday evening. Tension mounted in the area as there were reports of retaliatory attacks on the house of an accused.

The Vaishali district police lodged a case against 32 upper caste men for the Dalit man's death. Twenty-seven Dalits, who allegedly torched the house of an accused, were also booked for arson.

Two main accused in the lynching incident were arrested on Sunday.

The police said the incident took place when the victim, Lal Babu Ram, was crossing the fields of an upper caste landowner at Gurmiya village under Kartaha police station, 30 km from Patna, on Friday evening.

A fortnight night ago, Ram had refused to work with the landowner because of a prior commitment.

Two upper caste men, Deepak Thakur and Satendra Thakur, allegedly started beating up Ram with sticks and fists. The police said other members from the locality joined them. The old man succumbed to his injuries the same day.

Deepak and Satendra were arrested on Sunday. Sanjay Tiwari, another key accused, has been evading arrest.

Bihar police spokesperson additional director general of police PK Thakur said tension mounted between the two groups when there was a retaliation bid from the victim's side.
"We have lodged a case against 32 people under Indian Penal Code and SC/ST Act".


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