Dalit beaten to death for having dinner seated on chair at wedding

DEHRADUN: In a tragic incident, a Dalit man was killed by upper caste men for sitting on chair and eating dinner at wedding.

According to Hindustan Times reports, the incident took place at Shrikot area of Tehri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand.

The deceased identified as 21-year-old Jitendra Das was attending a wedding on April 26, when he was allegedly thrashed brutally for sitting on a chair in front of upper caste men.

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The next day when his mother found him in an unconscious state, Das was rushed for medical treatment to a Dehradun-based hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

“During the investigations, we tried to find any eyewitness but none came forward. The sole eyewitness seems to be the deceased himself. After his death on Sunday, the accused would now be also booked for murder,” said Circle officer Uttam Singh. “Further action would be taken after his post-mortem examination report is received.”

Jitendra’s cousin brother, Pritam, who was also present at the wedding, said he was so badly beaten and hit on his head and private parts.

“He was so badly beaten up that he barely managed to reach his house… Next day, when his mother went to wake him, they came to know about it [assault].”

“His sister finally lodged a complaint against seven accused identified as Gajendra, Soban, Kushal, Gabbar, Gambhir, Harbir Singh and Hukam Singh. A case was registered against them in Kempty police station but none of them has been arrested so far.”

Das, a carpenter by profession was the only earning member in the family of four.

A case under relevant sections of the IPC and the SC/ST Atrocities Act have been registered against the seven accused men.

Meanwhile, his body has been sent for post-mortem.

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