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Uttar Pradesh: Dalit Youth Brutally Thrashed For Refusing to Go to Modi’s Rally

Other members of the community were also beaten up with lathis when they intervened.

A Dalit youth was seriously injured along with several others, when he allegedly refused to go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Dhanapura village in Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh on May 16.

Shiv Das writing for Mediavigil reported that the attack took place when a Dalit youth named Vikas, from Bisundhari village, was on his way to a coaching class.

He was stopped on the way by one Shor Singh and other BJP workers who forcefully tried to take the youth to Modi’s rally. When Vikas refused, he was beaten up. When other members of the community tried to intervene, they were also thrashed.

The alleged BJP workers thrash both men and women. Vikas’ injuries were serious and he had to be admitted to the Benaras trauma centre. He told Mediavigil that he was thrashed as he refused to go to Modi’s rally.

However, the FIR does not mention this specific reason for the attack. Instead, it points to complainant Ramashray (Vikas’ father) saying that the clashes happened due to an assault on his son.

Per the report, Vikas was unconscious when his father Ramashray lodged the complaint. Ramashray spoke to Media Vigil:

In the FIR, eight people from Bisundhari village have been accused under section 147, 148, 323, 504, 506 of IPC, along with section 3 (1) (D) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act.

The initial complaint was filed at 11.35am, while Narendra Modi’s rally at Dhanapura village was slated to start around 12 noon.

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