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Dalit man killed by in-laws for marrying upper-caste woman in Uttarakhand

New Delhi, September 03 (KMS): A Dalit man was killed by his in-laws for marrying an upper caste woman in Almora district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Salt sub-division tehsildar Nisha Rani said that Jagdish Chandra, a Dalit political activist from Panuadhokhan village, was found dead in a car in Bhikiasain town on Friday.

She said that his wife’s mother, her step-father and her step-brother were caught while taking the body in the car to dispose of it. She said that they were immediately placed under arrest. The couple had got married on August 21 and Chandra was kidnapped by his in-laws on Thursday, she added.

Chandra’s body bore 25 wounds, Nisha Rani said, adding it appears that he was killed using blunt objects like batons.

Chandra had unsuccessfully contested bypoll to the Salt assembly seat in 2021 as an Uttarakhand Parivartan Party candidate. He had also contested the state assembly polls held in February this year but lost.

Uttarakhand Parivartan Party leader, PC Tiwari, said that on August 27, the couple wrote to the administration seeking security, citing a threat to their lives. He said had the administration acted on the couple’s complaint, Chandra could have been saved.

Tiwari called the murder a matter of shame for Uttarakhand and demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the victim’s wife.

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