A 15-year-old Scheduled Caste Mahadalit boy was allegedly torched to death by an upper caste man because the boy’s goat grazed standing paddy crop in Karakat, Rohtas on Wednesday evening. This is the second big incident of Dalit atrocity within a week after six Dalits were raped in Bhojpur.
The incident took place at Mohanpur village when Sai Ram had been grazing his flock of goats on Wednesday afternoon in a field. As Sai left the site for a while, a goat strayed into the nearby paddy field of one Arvind Singh alias Kunkun Singh, an upper caste Rajput of the same village. Singh chased the boy and beat him up.
Singh later allegedly doused kerosene oil on the boy and his thatched house. Before boy’s family could rescue him, he had suffered serious burn injuries. Sai was admitted Bikramganj Sadar Hospital where he died during treatment last evening.
Bikramganj DSP AK Das said a murder case was lodged against Singh on complaint of the boy’s father Jiut Ram, a daily wager. Singh has not been arrested so far. Rohtas SP Chandan Kushwaha said adequate forces had been deployed at the village to help avoid caste tension.