Dalit youth brutally killed in Maharashtra for saving Ambedkar song as ringtone

Police have arrested four of the eight assailants who were allegedly involved in the brutal assault of the 21-year-old youth in Shirdi town of Ahmednagar district last week.

By: Press Trust of India | Shirdi | Published:May 22, 2015 8:27 pm
dalit youth, dalit murder, ambedkar, dalit ambedkar The assailants belong to the dominant Maratha and OBC communities, and allegedly ran their bike repeatedly over the Dalit youth’s body, mutilating it.

A Dalit youth in the temple town of Shirdi in Maharashtra was crushed to death for allegedly having an Ambedkar song as his mobile ringtone. Police have arrested four of the eight assailants who were allegedly involved in the brutal assault of the 21-year-old youth in Shirdi town of Ahmednagar district last week.

Two assailants were nabbed from Goa, one from Pune and the fourth from Shirdi itself, an official from Shirdi police station said.

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Those arrested were identified as Vishal Kote, Rupesh Wadekar, S Wadekar and Sunil Jadhav. Four other accused involved in the attack were still absconding, police said.

On May 16 at around 2 PM, Sagar Shejwal, a nursing student, who was in Shirdi to attend a wedding, was sitting in a local beer shop with his two cousins when he got a call on his cellphone.

On hearing the ringtone, “Kara kitihi halla, majboot Bhimacha killa” (Shout all you want, Bhim’s fortress is strong), which was in praise of Ambedkar’s work for Dalits, eight youths sitting there got agitated and asked him to switch it off, police said.

An altercation followed and the assailants hit Sagar with a beer bottle and started kicking and punching him. Then they dragged him out, put him on a motorcycle and took him away to a nearby forest, Police said.

His body, which was later found near Shingve village on the evening of May 16, bore marks of it being crushed under a two wheeler, police said, adding he was also crushed with a stone.

The assailants belong to the dominant Maratha and OBC communities, and allegedly ran their bike repeatedly over Sagar’s body, mutilating it. According to police, Sagar’s mobile was missing now, but the CCTV footage of the incident in the beer shop was available.

The assailants have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 109 (punishment of abetment) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 (2) (v) and 3 (1) (x) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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    Kumarpushp
    May 23, 2015 at 3:22 am
    120 million dalits should folow the Dada Kanshi Ram advised to sell TV sets and buy arms to punish the hindus and there hindu led government in India.yesterday muslims youth was denied jobs in hindu company.Owasis brothers had given call to dalits to join with muslims to give two fingers to hindus in india.
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    Kumarpushp
    May 23, 2015 at 6:08 pm
    Aistan is the only solution for dalits in india.120 million dalits should force there leaderships to take help from stan,China,and srilanka and bring a goal oriented solution for dalit oppression in india ,let these counties to arm dalits youth first then aistan will be the final solution for dalit oppression in india so we can finish the hindu genes from earth .
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      Kumarpushp
      May 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm
      Hindus are born bar and we should teach these hindus a lesson in there terms.120 million dalits should join with 120 million muslims and bring green flags in maharasthra then we can teach BJP
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        sameer
        May 23, 2015 at 11:54 am
        it was shamfull. where for reservation they are ready to say that we are backwards, first they have to understand what backwords have been facing.
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          Q
          May 23, 2015 at 2:27 am
          Bringing the BJP into this is absolutely rediculous. Mir is unnecessarily trying to flame communal fires. This kind of fake nationalism is acceptable in stan and other terrorist states. Please don't spread your hatred here. These are some om goons, and they have arrested and charged for murder. Please stop making umptions.
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            varkey
            May 22, 2015 at 10:24 pm
            Problem is not Modi,there are so many third world criminals supporting this party..so all get freedom.to do any..when BJP in power...
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              Raj
              May 22, 2015 at 9:13 pm
              Terrible!! This is sheer gundagardi
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                shimi
                May 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm
                In Maharashtra when people ask a person' s name and if we say only our first name they also ask your second name just to figure out what caste you belong to. Not everyone but most of them. Casteism is imprinted in their DNA.
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