Acidic death : Caste-virus 002BH2008

01Aug08

Tension is palpable in Adilpur village under Neora panchayat in Patna district, about 20 km away from the state capital, following the murder of a Dalit, Devanand Manjhi, 35, an agricultural labourer, allegedly by a few prosperous farmers of the adjoining Kusari village. Manjhi’s body was found lying abandoned in an open field at Kusari in Bihta area on Friday morning. According to the victim’s wife Sugiya Devi, Bablu Singh of Kusari visited her house on Friday morning and took her husband with him on the pretext of giving him work.

However, she came to know about his murder around 11 am on Friday when some passersby saw the body lying in the field and informed her. She maintained that her husband had no enmity with anyone in the village. According to social activist Pradeep Priyadarshi, Bablu had a verbal duel with Manjhi about a week ago. Perhaps irked over it, Bablu along with Naresh Singh and Ram Gopal Pandit, decided to teach him a lesson by forcing him to drink acid. Though Manjhi died a miserable death, the body also bore marks of acid burns, particularly his face, said Priyadarshi.Confirming the incident, Danapur ASP Nishant Kumar Tiwary said three persons Bablu, Naresh and Gopal were named as the main accused in the case. They are absconding. He said the district administration had taken a decision to set up a police post at Neora. The post-mortem report confirmed that Manjhi died due to acid burns.

According to shocked villagers, this was the second incident in which killers used acid to kill a Dalit. Earlier, about two years ago a Dalit woman, Daulati Devi, of the same village was raped and killed under mysterious circumstances at Kusari. However, neither any FIR was lodged nor any action taken in the case, they said.Patna DM J K Sinha, Patna SSP Amit Kumar and Danapur SDO Sunil Kumar visited the village on Saturday and handed over a cheque of Rs 1.45 lakh to Sugiya Devi, wife of the deceased, as compensation.The district administration had given Rs 5,000 on Friday to the victim’s family for Manjhi’s cremation. Manjhi is survived by his wife and two minor sons Dharmendra, 8, and Pappu, 5.

Meanwhile, fear-stricken Dalits of the village could not go to work on Saturday. They have demanded adequate security and rehabilitation under Indira Awas Yojana. About 85 Manjhi families reside in the village.

Source: TOI



2 Responses to “Acidic death : Caste-virus 002BH2008”

  1. 1 Ramesh

    Many human beings of India are daily killed in the most brutal manner but their caste is never mentioned. The day is not far off when these kinds of websites might start saying that even the natural death of a ‘dalit’ is a caste based crime!

  2. 2 kureela

    DALITS HAVE TO ASK FOR SEPRATE SETTLEMENT AWAY FROM THE BARBARIC HINDUS.DALITS HAVE TO KICK THE ASS OF HINDU BHARAT MATA AND THEIR WORSHIPER FIRST.170 MILLIONS DALITS COME AND JOIN WITH PAKISTAN TO PUNISH THE BARBARIC HINDUS.THEIR IS NO BLACK COLOR IN INDIAN FLAG.KEEP YOUR LEG ON THE BHARAT MATA AND TEAR THE CHEST OF BARBARIC HINDUS.


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