Dalit beheaded in Uttarakhand for using flour mill, accused of being ‘impure’

Sohan Ram died when he was assaulted with a sickle by Lalit Karnatak after he protested an insulting remark against his caste.

By: PTI | Dehradun | Updated: October 7, 2016 4:27 pm
uttarakhand-759 the accused has been arrested under SC/ST prevention act. (Source: Google)

A 35-year-old Dalit man was beheaded allegedly by a primary school teacher who accused him of rendering “impure” a flour mill by using it before the upper caste villagers in Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district, a senior police officer said . Sohan Ram died when he was assaulted with a sickle by Lalit Karnatak after he protested an insulting remark against his caste, Bageshwar SP Sukhbir Singh told PTI on phone.

The accused was arrested yesterday and sent to Almora jail this morning, the SP said, adding that he was charged with murder and under provisions of the SC and ST (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening in Kadaria village of Bageshwar bordering Pithoragarh. The victim Sohan had gone to a flour mill owned by Kundan Kumar Singh to take back his wheat flour, the SP said.

When Lalit, who teaches at a primary school in a neighbouring village, saw Sohan at the flour mill, he made an insulting remark on his caste, saying the flour mill had been “rendered impure” by him. As Sohan protested, Lalit attacked him with a sickle on the neck in a fit of rage, beheading him.

According to villagers, both Dalits and upper castes had been using the mill. But in view of the ongoing Navratri festival the upper castes had issued a diktat to the Dalit families to use the mill only after flour has been prepared for offering to deities.

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  1. K
    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm
    Brahmin or 1 cl hindus rule must end... for centuries have enslaved dalits and other 2and 3 cl hindus. Alle humans are equal and must be judged by their deeds and not, color, race etclt;br/gt;As long as brahmins minority rules vast majority india can not and will not change. 1cl hindus are sending 2-3rd cl hindus to occupied kashmir and die for nothing , just NOTHING.. then they call them "shaheed" by the way do u use this word??? Its a pure islamic word which is used for muslim soldier / personers that get killed fighting the evil doers.
    1. B
      Oct 7, 2016 at 11:46 am
      Disgusting, true face of India.
      1. A
        Oct 7, 2016 at 4:13 pm
        What are you? the female version?
        1. A
          Oct 8, 2016 at 1:01 am
          Well it is easy to attack modo in such incidents.but nobody is attacking state government because it is congress run and since Indian express is Pro congress it will not name the helping the man out.
          1. B
            Oct 7, 2016 at 11:19 am
            1. B
              Oct 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm
              Will this incident find any mention in Modi's Mann ki Baat? Or it is insignificant for him.
              1. Q
                Qaiser Qaiser
                Oct 8, 2016 at 6:02 am
                RSS=BJP=Brahminlt;br/gt;Policy Self Rule all others are slaves
                1. V
                  Oct 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                  Progressive Hindus must unite to proactively weed out such barbaric prejudices from society. The people who put out such a diktat must be punished. The truth and good of the indic religions must prevail over the bad that has entangled with hindu society. Solutions must be found without indulging in hate and blame game against the brahmins, dalits or any others,
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