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Elderly Dalit man ‘beaten up for refusing to pick up cow carcass’ in UP village | Lucknow News

An elderly Dalit cobbler was allegedly assaulted by some upper caste men at Kurari Girdhar Shah village in UP’s Amethi district Monday. The village has a predominantly Thakur population.

The victim, Achchebar Kumar, 66, was purportedly attacked after he refused to pick up a cow carcass. He has suffered a fracture in his leg along with other injuries.

The victim’s son, Krishna Kumar, a daily wager, said the upper caste men left him near a canal in an unconscious condition after assaulting him for hours. “They treated him worse than an animal… Everyone saw what happened but no one is speaking up because of fear,” added Kumar.

A case was lodged Monday against one Ashish Singh, 27, on a complaint from the victim’s son under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and various sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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Speaking about the incident, Kumar said, “On Monday morning around 6.30 am, our neighbor Ashish Singh came to our house and asked my father to pick up the carcass of his cow from his house. My father told him that he does not do that work anymore owing to his advanced age. He got enraged at this and used casteist abuses against my father. He picked up a bicycle pump and started hitting my father. No one intervened while he beat up my father. He then took my father to his house and he along with some others beat him up again. My father has a fractured leg and has injuries all over his body. His entire body has turned blue. The doctors at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Amethi have said that he will require surgery to fix the fractured bone…”

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“The accused was arrested Tuesday and has been sent to judicial custody,” said Circle Officer (Amethi) Lallan Singh, who is the investigating officer (IO) in the case.

Lallan Singh added, “In their written complaint, the family only named one person, who has been arrested and sent to jail. If they name more accused, we will take further action.”

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