Caste as a source of Terror as Indians Vote: Nothing Fair

10May14

JHANSI: An 80-year-old dalit man was beaten to death by some alleged Samajwadi Party workers in Bajna village when he refused to divulge to whom he had voted in the April 30 poll. Moreover, other of his community are now being allegedly threatened by the perpetrators of the crime to either leave the village or face the same fate.

Police said Jangi Ahirwar, 80, was hit badly on his head and other vital parts of the body when he refused to take oath in the village temple and disclose to whom he had voted. He was rushed to the Jhansi Medical College where he succumbed to his injuries.

Nandram, the son the deceased, has filed an FIR at the Raksa police station against Birthe Yadav and Saheb Yadav, both sons of Motilal Yadav. While one of the accused has been arrested, the other is absconding.

Bajna, having a population of 2,000, has 700 dalits. Locals claim that some influential persons of the village, who owe allegiance to the SP, are threatening the dalits to vacate the village. “They are also pressurizing the son of the deceased to withdraw the case,” they claimed

SSP Jhansi Sriparna Ganguli said the arrested accused person is mentally disturbed and is behind the bars.

“Once an FIR is registered, it cannot be withdrawn. I will get the facts checked weather the villagers are being threatened,” she added.



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