Two Dalit brothers were mercilessly beaten up and their house was burnt allegedly by a group of almost 15 men in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district, police said. They attacked the family, as the victim had refused to withdraw a two-year-old police case.
The case pertains to a 2018 dispute between complainant Sandeep Dohare’s brother Santram Dohare and accused Pavan Yadav over difference in wage payment. The police had charged the accused using sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The Yadav family had asked Santram to withdraw the case but he refused.
This angered Pavan Yadav whose family reportedly beat up the Dalit man and his brother Sandeep with rifle butts. They have also set the house of the Dalit brothers on fire, at around 2pm, on Saturday.
The police have identified the accused as Pavan Yadav, Kallu Yadav, their four relatives and a neighbour. They reportedly arrived at Dohare’s house with a group of 10-12 men on five motorcycles.
Dalit brothers attacked with rifles and axes
They reportedly barged into Dohare’s house and attacked the brothers with rifles and axes, and set the house on fire. The accused reportedly fired shot in the air hearing. On hearing the sound some villagers came out of their houses and torched three of the five bikes. The accused then fled the spot on their bikes.
The villagers called the police who rushed the injured Dalit brothers to the nearest hospital. But the doctor refer them to the district hospital, because of their critical condition.
Earlier, in January 2020, a 24-year-old Dalit man died after four of his neighbours burnt him alive in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar city. The accused were forcing the man to withdraw a police complaint that he had filed against them, the police said.
The case had become a political flashpoint between the BJP and the Congress. The Congress party’s Kamalnath government was in power in Madhya Pradesh at that time.