A Dalit youth, bound by ropes around his waist, is beaten mercilessly with rods while he cries out in pain, in a video clip from Gujarat’s Rajkot.
The man died after the savage beating on the orders of an auto-parts factory owner, according to a police complaint. His wife was allegedly beaten up too.
The man, identified as Mukesh Vaniya, winces and cries as he is flogged by two men in the footage tweeted by Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.
“Mr Mukesh Vaniya belonging to a scheduled caste was miserably thrashed and murdered by factory owners in Rajkot and his wife was brutally beaten up,” he tweeted with the hashtag #GujaratIsNotSafe4Dalits.
“This is a far more gruesome incident than Una. In Una, the victims were beaten up and humiliated. Whereas, here a man lost his life amidst caste violence… The government of Gujarat has still not learned from its past mistakes,” Mr Mevani wrote on Facebook
'Mr. Mukesh Vaniya belonging to a scheduled caste was miserably thrashed and murdered by factory owners in Rajkot and his wife was brutally beaten up'.#GujaratIsNotSafe4Dalit pic.twitter.com/ffJfn7rNSc
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) May 20, 2018
On Sunday morning, Mukesh Vaniya and his wife, both rag-pickers, were using magnets to look for scrap when some factory workers confronted them, accusing them of theft.
An FIR has been registered and five people have been caught, according to NDTV.
The police have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC for murder and under various sections of the Atrocity Act. As per sources, the family members had refused to claim the body till the accused were caught.