An 11-year-old Dalit boy was allegedly shot dead on Monday night for refusing to clean plates at the dhaba he worked at,in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh. District police officials said the accused in the case has been identified as Jagpal Pandit,a resident of the area,who is on the run.
Senior police officers said the incident took place at 11.15 pm at the eatery near the Saharanpur crossing in Shamli. The boy worked at the dhaba to earn some extra money for his family. His father,works at a shop which sells household items nearby,and lived in the lane behind the row of shops, a police officer said.
At around 11.15 pm,the accused allegedly walked into the shop and told the victim to bring him food. Eyewitnesses have told us that he spoke abusively and may have been drunk. At one point,he asked the boy to clean his plates,and when the victim refused,he pulled out his gun and shot the victim in the stomach. Though this is a matter of investigation,the accused also used discriminatory language.
The victim was rushed to the nearest hospital but was declared brought dead on arrival, said the officer.
The officer added that Jagpal was not found at his home. A case was immediately registered under sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to murder as well as provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
The body was sent for post-mortem and subsequently returned to the family, the officer said.