Upper caste men lynch Dalit in Bihar

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.


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