In the latest episode of caste-based violence in the country, a Dalit labourer Ashok Saket’s hand was cut off by his upper-caste Hindu employer when he demanded his wages in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district.
The incident happened in Dolmau village on 21 November. Saket was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in critical condition due to excessive blood loss.
Saket had been working as a construction worker for Ganesh Mishra.
“When we demanded his pending wages, we were threatened by the employer. A scuffle broke out and my uncle’s hand was cut off. His face and jaw were injured too,” The Quint quotes Ashok Saket’s nephew Lavkush Saket as saying.
Mishra was dilly-dallying paying the pending wages, family members alleged.
“Some people had attempted to hide the hand but the police team that reached the spot immediately took the severed hand to the hospital. According to doctors, the labourer was attacked with a sharp weapon due to which he lost a lot of blood and now his condition remains critical,” Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shiv Kumar Verma told the PTI news agency.
Three persons Ganesh Mishra and his brothers Ratnesh Mishra and Krishna Kumar Mishra were arrested.
The accused tried to hide the severed arm nearby, which was traced later, the police officer said.
The three men were charged under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.