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Uttar Pradesh: Dalit youth beaten with sticks, made to chant ‘Jai Mata Di’

After a video clip of the assault last Sunday, which was recorded by a fourth assailant, began doing the rounds of social media, police lodged an FIR and launched a manhunt.

By: Express News Service | Noida | Updated: January 18, 2018 1:04 am
Dalit, Dalit beaten in UP, Uttar Pradesh Dalit, crime against dalits, Muzaffarnagar daliot assault, UP dalit attacked, UP police, Jai Mata Di, Indian express The incident took place last Sunday in Purkazi, Uttar Pradesh.

A Dalit youth in Muzaffarnagar in western UP was beaten mercilessly with sticks by three men who hurled abuses, kicked him and forced him to chant ‘Jai Mata Di’, claiming he had insulted gods.

After a video clip of the assault last Sunday, which was recorded by a fourth assailant, began doing the rounds of social media, police lodged an FIR and launched a manhunt.

Police have identified the victim — a 27-year-old Dalit resident of Muzaffarnagar. Senior Superintendent of Police Anant Deo said an FIR under “strict sections” had been lodged at the Purkazi police station.

“We are speaking to the victim and his family members and the accused have been identified as three-four Gujjar residents of the area. The incident took place in the Purkazi police station area,” the SSP said.

An FIR was registered under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and sections of the SC/ST Act and IT Act, police said.

The video clip shot Sunday shows a man wearing a black helmet lying on the ground and being beaten and kicked by at least three men while a fourth records the incident. At one point, the man’s hands are folded while his helmet is pulled out and the three men assault him and ask him to repeat chants like ‘Jai Mata Di’.

In the clip, the assailants ask another person to videotape the incident and make it “viral”. One of them tells the Dalit youth, “We don’t criticise your Ambedkar, do we? Why did you do it to ours?”

Omvir Singh, SP City, Muzaffarnagar, said: “Our teams our conducting raids to nab the accused. One of them has been brought in for questioning and arrests will be made soon.”

A police officer said they are investigating if the incident was linked to another incident a month ago, which too was videotaped and circulated on social media platforms. “In that incident, gods were being ridiculed,” the officer said.

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  1. T
    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    If they were only educated! (Thats the solution)
    1. Amit Tiwari
      Jan 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm
      I don’t understand why media tag news as Dalit?? Why it can’t be boy/man beaten? Though we all condem this type of incidence in Morden India. Please stop this. Trust me God loves us all equally.
      1. rajesh desai
        Jan 18, 2018 at 3:36 pm
        Fools , fools , fools , you will never ever grow to be a big nation until you bury these differences . First of all Yogi government has to educate all these s and don’t spare such people who take law in their hands . Such incidents shall be used to fuel the communal violence, please for gods sake take immediate and strong action against these persons . Unsafe for Dalits is what the congress will do propaganda within seconds , please work together for greater India
        1. Surinder Dutt Sharma
          Jan 18, 2018 at 3:03 pm
          This beaten youth was tearing posters and pictures of sh Ram sh krishan Ma Durga from different homes against the wishes of families and throwing into dustbin : he was delibrately hitiing the religious sentments of the peoplr No Police came no action taken: I saw that video: The news is the reaction to that: News paper is showing only one side to defame a particular community, shame on news paper
          1. Singh Ajit
            Jan 19, 2018 at 9:30 am
            So what if he was tearing posters of God...... It was poster not God themselves.... you can’t beat anybody for doing whatever he is doing to God... God is just a false belief.... Human life is truth.... don’t hurt people if your own sentiment or beliefs are hurt.... don’t become taliban... be humane...
            1. Murugan Joan Ayisha
              Jan 20, 2018 at 5:08 pm
              Exactly, Singh Ajit. We don't want India to become a Pakistan or Afghanistan.
          2. P
            Jan 18, 2018 at 2:41 pm
            Why this news item? Nothing new. This is what ha Pens all over our country, specially in the North. Nothing Is about to change.
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