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Upper caste boys kill boy from lower caste for ‘topping class’

A topper of an engineering college in Hisar district of Haryana,belonging to backward caste,was shot dead in broad daylight by his classmates - all from Jat community.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
February 28, 2012 1:45:49 am

In yet another caste related crime,a topper of an engineering college in Hisar district of Haryana,belonging to backward caste,was shot dead in broad daylight by his classmates – all from Jat community. The assailants pumped four bullets in the boy’s body from point blank range outside the college,leaving him dead on the spot. The police were conducting raids to nab the assailants.

The incident took place at around 9.30 am outside Kalpana Chawla Institute of Engineering and Technology. The only son of his parents,Pradeep (22),a topper of the mechanical engineering branch of the college,was stopped by two of his classmates Rajkumar and Kalyan,both belonging to Jat community.

“While Rajkumar was riding the motorbike,Kalyan,who was sitting pillion fired six rounds at Pradeep from a country-made revolver. Four bullets hit Pradeep. He was rushed to the hospital,but was declared dead on arrival,” said Ombir Singh,Deputy Superintendent of Police,Hisar,who is leading the Special Investigation Team,constituted to nab the two absconding accused. While Kalyan belongs to Panihar village,Rajkumar is from Seeshwala village in Hisar.

Pradeeep’s body,after the post mortem,was handed over to parents who performed the last rites in the evening,the DSP added.

According to the police,Pradeep – who belongs to backward caste Khati (carpenter) – was a topper in the college and the two accused were nursing a grudge against him.

“The two accused,who belong to affluent Jat families did not like that a backward caste boy was dominating studies and topping in all the semesters. Earlier,about two months ago,they had attacked Pradeep. The issue was settled after the college authorities intervened. They (two accused) used to pass casteist remarks at Pradeep,who kept ignoring them,” one of the investigating officials said.

Meanwhile,sources said that tension prevailed in Sham Lal Dhani area of Hisar – Pradeep’s native village. The police officials said that situation was under control,but added that situation may get tense,as some unsocial elements were trying to flare up the caste issue in the village.

“We are conducting raids at the suspected hideouts of the two accused. Their parents are also helping the police . Situation is so far normal in Hisar,” said Anil Dhawan,Superintendent of Police,Hisar.

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