Jitendra, A Dalit Man Beaten To Death For Eating In Front Of Upper Caste Men
The incident took place on April 26 at a wedding reception in Shrikot village of the district.
New Tehri (Uttarakhand): A 23-year-old Dalit man succumbed to injuries Sunday, days after he was allegedly beaten up by some upper caste people for eating in front of them at a wedding reception in Uttarakhand’s Tehri district, police said.
Jitendra, a Dalit, was thrashed by the upper caste men who lost their temper as they found him eating in front of them “despite being from a lower caste”, DSP Uttam Singh Jimwal said.
The incident took place on April 26 at a wedding reception in Shrikot village of the district, he said.
Jitendra was critically injured and died at a hospital in Dehradun after nine days of treatment, the DSP said.
On the basis of a police complaint filed by Jitendra’s sister, a case was registered against seven persons — Gajendra Singh, Soban Singh, Kushal Singh, Gabbar Singh, Gambhir Singh, Harbir Singh and Hukum Singh — under the SC/ST Act, the DSP said.
Further action will be taken after the post-mortem report arrives, he said.
Newspaper reports said Jitendra was lynched for daring to sit near upper caste men.
“My brother made the mistake that he took food from the same counter from where upper caste people were eating,” his sister Pooja told the Times Of India. “He then sat on a chair next to them.” Pooja said this infuriated the men.
(With PTI inputs)