Dalit youth brutally thrashed on suspicion of theft, getting clothes removed – ThePrint
Khargone (MP), Aug 7 (PTI) Four named people have been booked and a police sub-inspector has been suspended for brutally thrashing a 24-year-old Dalit youth in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district. .
The incident took place on August 3 in the factory premises of the industrial area at Nimrani under Balakwara police station area. The relatives allege that the accused also got the victim’s clothes removed.
Khargone Superintendent of Police Dharam Veer Singh Yadav told reporters here that on the complaint of his brother, four nominees, including Narmada Food Processing Factory manager Ram Niwas Choudhary, went viral after the video of Dalit youth Aditya Rokade being brutally thrashed for fear of theft went viral. A case has been registered against others, including the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, under various sections of the IPC for assault.
He said that efforts are on to arrest the accused.
He said that the thrashers included workers of this factory who knew him well.
Yadav said that due to negligence regarding the incident, the in-charge (sub-inspector) of Khaltaka outpost of Balkwara police station, Rajendra Baghel, has been suspended and the Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Mandleshwar has been directed to investigate.
He said that when Aditya was brought to the police post Khaltaka in an injured condition, the outpost in-charge beat him up. Not taking cognizance of the incident, unilateral action was taken.
At the same time, Khargone Additional Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Pawar said that the youth, Aditya, works as a baja player and was seen in the Narmada Food Processing Factory premises on August 3. On the complaint of the factory manager, a case was registered against him for unauthorized entry and theft and he was arrested.
He said that in the video that went viral on Saturday, it is clearly visible that he was brutally thrashed by the factory workers.
Pawar told that Aditya has been treated in judicial custody and is better now.
Meanwhile, Aditya’s mother Bhagwati Bai said that he had gone to play Khalghat drums that day and had fallen into the drain near the factory under the influence of alcohol. The factory manager and employees thrashed him fiercely, accusing him of theft and the police arrested him and sent him to judicial custody.
Bhagwati alleged that during the assault on suspicion of theft, the accused also took off her son’s underwear to know his religion. However, Superintendent of Police Singh has denied the allegation.
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