Dalit man beaten to death for drawing water from tubewell; 3 held

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Dalit man beaten to death for drawing water from tubewell; 3 held

Police have detained three people for beating a 46-year-old Dalit man to death for drawing water from a tubewell in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur

The accused also hurled casteist slurs at Kishanlal Bheel (46), from Bhomiyaji ki Ghati in Soorsagar, and did not allow his family members to take him to a hospital, his brother Ashok alleged.

It was only after police reached the spot that he was shifted to the hospital where he succumbed.

Police have so far detained three people — Shakeel, Nasir, and Bablu — and booked them under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

The search for others involved in the incident is on, SHO, Soorsagar Police Station, Gautam Dotasara said.

Demanding immediate arrest of all accused as well as financial compensation and a government job for the next of kin, Bheel’s family and community members staged a protest and refused to perform his last rites.

“We have been in conversation with the demonstrators so that the postmortem can be done and the body be handed over to the family for the funeral,” said Dotasara.

Ashok alleged that some of the locals, including the three detained, have control over the tubewell installed in the locality. They have also fitted a pump on it and do not let others use it.

“On Sunday night, Kishanlal had gone to the tubewell for water but these people pushed him away and hurled casteist slurs at him,” Ashok alleged.

Soon after he returned home, some people, including Nasir, Shakeel, and Bablu, attacked our house and beat up Bheel and his son with rods and sticks, Ashok said.

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