Dalit man beaten up in Muzaffarnagar, Dalit threaten protest

KARISHMA SRIVASTAVA 17/01/2018 15:23:56

Dalit beaten up in UP- Newstimes news

Muzaffarnagar, Jan 17: A Dalit youth was brutally beaten by group of people in Muzaffarnagar, west Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

The man was viciously beaten with sticks by four men who hurled abuses, kicked him and forced him to chant ‘Jai Mata Di’, claiming he had insulted gods.

    Video clip emerged on social media

A video clip of the assault on Vipin Kumar emerged on social media, sparking caste tension in the region that saw clashes between Dalits and Thakurs in May last year.

    Forced to chant Jai Mata Di

The attackers were heard saying in the video that they had no objection in Dalits keeping portraits of Dr Ambedkar and worshiping him but they could not remove portraits of Hindu deities from their homes.
Vipin was forced to say “Jai Mata Di” and to hail other Hindu gods and goddesses.

    Police lodged an FIR

The police has lodged an FIR and launched a manhunt after the video started doing the rounds, according to reports.
An FIR under "strict sections" was lodged at the Purkazi Police station, according to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Anant Deo.
An FIR under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and sections of the SC/ST Act and IT Act has been registered, police said.

   Dalit's threaten protests

Dalit organisations have threatened to launch an agitation after this incident.
The Bheem Army announced a dharna on Wednesday while the Shahid Udham Singh Sena threatened to launch an agitation if the police failed to arrest the accused by January 17.

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