UP: Dalit boy beaten to death by upper-caste men on suspicion of stealing food

A 14-year-old Dalit boy died in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi after he was beaten by upper caste Hindu men.

The Dalit boy Vijay Kumar Gautam was killed for stealing mangoes and rice, his family claimed on Friday, The Quint reported.

Papu Ram, the father of deceased, in his complaint to the police, said that his son had gone to the shop of one Guddu Singh a few days ago.

Ram said in the complaint: “At the shop, Guddu Singh, Pakru Singh, Saurabh Singh and Shivam Singh accused Gautam of stealing mangoes and rice. They also attacked Guatam. The accused left him and threatened to beat him again if he told anyone about it.”

Saurabh Singh, one of the accused later called the cops. Police officers who reached the spot made the Dalit boy pay Rs 400 to Saurabh Singh for the stolen mangoes and rice, the father said in the complaint.

Gautam sustained internal injuries in the attack and was admitted to a hospital on 31 July where he succumbed to injuries, Ram said.

“He was beaten up so badly that he became unconscious. When he regained consciousness, the guardian of the boys gave him money and threatened to kill him if he told anything to anyone,” said Gautam’s brother Satish Kumar.

The Congress party has condemned the murder of the Dalit boy in Prime Minister Modi’s constituency.

“A minor Dalit boy has been beaten to death by a mob in PM Modi’s constituency, just for 4 kg of rice. The poor aren’t able to purchase basic food commodities due to rising prices & HM Amit Shah ji says that protesting against the price rise is a protest against Ram Mandir,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wrote on Twitter.

“An MP blatantly lied in the Parliament that there’s no inflation. Upon its failure, another lied that poor Indians are fed in ‘free fund’ by PM. When all failed HM Amit Shah ji falls back to creating religious divide, while the poor & middle class continues to suffer,” Kharge said.

While a case has been registered against four upper-caste Hindu men in the matter, the police has said the boy died of illness and no injury marks were found on his body in the post-mortem report.