Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh, India), February 23 (KMS): A video of a Dalit man in Muzaffarnagar city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh being dragged with a noose around his neck and beaten up has gone viral on social media.
The Dalit man faced the wrath of the upper caste Hindus on Monday, 21 February, after a tiff between the man and the village head’s husband earlier in the day.
The man named Jhabar Singh lodged a First Information Report (FIR) at the nearest Bhopa police station, naming the husband of the village head Sanjay Chauhan and her relative Omprakhash Chauhan as the main culprits.
The FIR describes how the two men in question dragged Jhabar Singh with a muffler strap around his neck, and beat him up in full public view in the market while abusing him.
Senior Superintendent (SSP) of Muzaffarnagar police, Abhishekh Yadav, in a statement said that the two accused in the case were arrested after the viral video came to light.
The incident reportedly took place on Monday (January 21) when a meeting was called to resolve a dispute between two Dalit families of the Bihargarh village in the Bhopa district of Muzaffarnagar, and saw the husband of the village head Sanjay Chauhan and Omprakash Chauhan in attendance as the adjudicators.
Jhabar Singh objected to the presence of the husband and the relative of the village head at the meeting, saying that they could resolve their internal matter on their own. “Where were you prior to this?” he asked.
On this, the Chauhan duo turned violent before the other attendees could defuse the tensions. The two, however, caught the Dalit man later in the evening after the meeting had ended, dragging and beating him up. The video of the same went viral soon after. KMS—7M