Protests Erupt in Alwar as Second Dalit Man Killed in Four Days
Half burnt body of the 18-year-old Dalit youth was found near a police station in Alwar, Rajasthan on 5 March.
A half-burnt body of a Dalit man was found behind a police station in Alwar’s Bhiwandi village, four days after another Dalit boy was killed in a brawl on Holi, the Hindustan Times reported.
Alwar SP Rahul Prakash told Hindustan Times that the police were informed about the body at around 4 pm on Monday, 5 March. “The man has been identified as Ajay Jatav (18) but this case is not related to the Friday’s killing,” Prakash told HT.
The BJP scheduled caste Morcha district president Mohar Singh Meghwal has alleged link to the previous killing of the Dalit boy on Holi. “The man has been killed to pressure family of Neeraj Jatav to take back their case.” he was quoted by HT as saying.
The Ambedkar Nishan Santhnanam secretary Om Prakash Jatav also alleged the same saying that Ajay Jatav was Neeraj’s friend and they both lived in the same village. “He was set afire and then his body was dumped,” he alleged.
A 16-year-old Dalit boy was allegedly killed by men from the Gujjar community on arguments over Holi revelry after which, three people have been arrested.
After the half burnt body was found, villagers gathered to protest second Dalit death in the area. Java’s family has refused to take the body and give permission for the post-mortem till a report is filed.
Security has reportedly been heightened with additional force deployed to prevent any unforeseen incident.
(With inputs from Hindustan Times)
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