Dalit thrashed by goons for allegedly selling ‘biryani’

GREATER NOIDA: A poor vendor reportedly belonging to the Dalit community was allegedly thrashed and abused by some local goons purportedly for selling ‘biryani’ on Saturday.

The victim, identified as 43-year-old Lokesh, is reportedly living hand-to-mouth by selling the food item on his ‘Thela’ (moveable food stall/cart).

The purported video of the incident which took place near the Rabupura area on the afternoon of 13 December went viral on social media.

In the video, the helpless vendor is seen defending himself from the repeated blows and thrashes from one of the accused but to no avail.

They also simultaneously hurled abuses at him.

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“…..fold your hands,” said one of the accused while slapping the poor vendor who remained at the receiving end.

In the viral video, Lokesh is seen bearing the blows with folded hands.

According to the victim, the four accused approached him in a four-wheeler and insulted him with casteist slurs. They also vandalized his cart selling veg biryani.

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Meanwhile, the police then took cognizance of the matter after seeing the video and registered the case against the four people on the basis of the victim’s complaint

“We saw the video yesterday and then the investigation was initiated. The victim was identified and called to the police station for all the details. Case registered against 3 men. Incident took place in Rabupura area. Search for the accused is underway,” said Ranvijay Singh, SP Greater Noida.

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