news Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:30
Four people have been arrested for allegedly assaulting and killing a Dalit youth in Shirdi, Maharashtra for his mobile ringtone which was a song on social reformer BR Ambedkar. The group of eight has been identified as belonging to the dominant Maratha and OBC communities. The other four are still absconding.They have been booked under the Sections 302 (murder), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 109 (punishment of abetment) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 (2) (v) and 3 (1) (x) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. On May 16 around 1:30pm, Sagar Shejwal, a nursing student went to a local beer shop with two of his cousins. On hearing his ring tone “Tumhi kara re kitihi halla / Mazbut Bhimacha quilla” (Shout all you want / Bhim’s fortress is strong), the group demanded that Shejwal switch if off. A squabble broke out and they hit Shejwal with a beer bottle and started attacking him. Following this, they dragged him and took him on a motorcycle to a nearby forest, where later Shejwal’s body was found naked and crushed.According to a report by The Hindu, Vivek Patil, Deputy Superintendent of Police, is quoted as saying, “Sagar’s body was found around 6:30pm in a naked state near Rui village. The cause of death was multiple fractures. The autopsy says Sagar sustained around 25 injuries”. The report says that the youths repeatedly ran the bike over Shejwal, mutilating his body.The initial assault at the beer shop has been captured in a 21-minute long CCTV footage at the bar shop. Sandeep Ghorpade, the manager of the beer shop has reportedly said that the police did not turn up on his notice, in spite of the police station being close to the beer shop.Shejwal’s family has also alleged that the police demanded an air-conditioned vehicle to look for Sagar. Reports suggest that a departmental inquiry would be initiated against Inspector Pramod Wagh and constable Sharad Kadam. Read more at: Dalit youth killed for keeping Ambedkar song as ringtone