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Rajasthan Dalit boy death: After being stopped twice, Bhim Army chief allowed to meet student’s family

After being stopped twice, Bhim Army chief allowed to meet student’s family
After being turned back from the Jodhpur airport twice last week by Rajasthan authorities, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Aazad was on Wednesday allowed to meet the family of the Dalit boy who died after being brutally beaten up by an upper-caste Hindu school teacher in Jalore for drinking water from a pot meant for upper castes. Photo: Prathvi Raj Meghwal/Twitter

After being turned back from the Jodhpur airport twice last week by Rajasthan authorities, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Aazad was on Wednesday allowed to meet the family of the Dalit boy who died after being brutally beaten up by an upper-caste Hindu school teacher in Jalore for drinking water from a pot meant for upper castes.

Accompanied by a few aides, the Dalit leader went to the residence of the boy, Indra Meghwal, straight from the airport and expressed his condolences to his family members, PTI reported.

Indra Meghwal, a Dalit student of a private school in Jalore’s Surana village, was brutally beaten up by his teacher on 20 July for touching a drinking water pot. The boy succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Ahmedabad on 13 August.

Chail Singh, the accused teacher, has been arrested and booked for murder and under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The killing has triggered massive political backlash in Congress-ruled Rajasthan.

“Today, Aazad reached the village and met the family of Indra Meghwal. He remained there for about an hour and left peacefully,” a police officer said.

Earlier, the police had stopped Aazad at the Jodhpur airport twice and stopped him from traveling to Jalore.

Speaking to reporters, the Dalit leader had asked when all ministers, political leaders, and public representatives had been allowed to visit the family, why was he not being allowed to meet them.

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