9 December 2022

Pilibhit: A local trader and his four aides were booked by police on Monday evening for beating a 20 – year – old Dalit student to death at a village on the outskirts of Pilibhit city on December 5 , 2021 .

The police action , after over 10 months , came following a recent order by a special SC / ST court .

The cops finally registered an FIR under IPC section 302 ( murder ) and sections of the SC / ST Act following a complaint by the victim’s mother , Surja Devi . No arrest has been made , so far .

Beating Dalit Student A Year Ago
Beating Dalit Student A Year Ago

Soon after the incident , which occurred due to a dispute over paddy payment , police , claiming ” lack of evidence ” , had refused to lodge a case . The victim’s family , who are marginal farmers , then approached the local court for ” justice ” .

In her complaint , Surja Devi , 44 , a resident of Himmat Nagar village , stated : ” My younger son , Rohit Lal , 18 , was kept in confinement and assaulted by Nemchandra and his goons on December 5. He was rescued by villagers . They immediately in formed the police , but no action was taken . My son wasn’t even sent for treatment . He was badly wounded . ” She added : ” Hours later , Nemchandra and his men caught my elder son , Rakesh Lal , 20 , near a PG institute on Bankati Road and they mercilessly thrashed him with iron rods . He then collapsed and died on the spot . Rakesh was returning home from Bareilly after an exam .

SHO of Pilibhit Kotwali , Naresh Tyagi , on Tuesday , said , ” The five men have been booked under IPC sections 302 ( murder ) , 504 ( intentional insult ) , 506 ( criminal intimidation ) and the SC / ST Act . We are investigating the details of the case now . “

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