Dalit farm worker, 50, beaten to death in Madhya Pradesh over matchbox

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A Dalit farm worker in Madhya Pradesh's Guna was beaten to death by two men for refusing to give a matchbox to light cigarettes. Representational image.

A Dalit farm worker in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna was beaten to death by two men for refusing to give a matchbox to light cigarettes, police said.

The incident took place in Karod village of Guna district. According to police, the 50-year-old Dalit farm worker Lalji Ram Ahirwar was resting on a platform in an agriculture field when the accused, Yash Yadav and Ankesh Yadav, thrashed him with sticks following an argument over the matchbox that the accused wanted to borrow from him.

“Yash Yadav and Ankesh Yadav attacked Lalji Ram Ahirwar with sticks for denying a matchbox. He got severe injuries and admitted to Guna district hospital but succumbed to his injuries,” additional Superintendent of Police, TS Baghel, told reporters.

Accused Yash and Ankesh have been arrested and a murder case has been registered against them, police said.

The state government has approved financial assistance of ₹ 8.25 lakh to the family of the victim. 

Police have been deployed in the village as a precautionary measure.

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