Dalit woman burnt alive over political dispute in UP village

Amit Sharma

Lucknow, June 11: Assailants who allegedly burnt alive a Dalit woman over an election dispute in Kusumpur village in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh, continue to roam free. Forty-eight hours after Ram Shanker Prajapati, a Dalit, was allegedly beaten black and blue and his 45-year-old wife pushed into a fire for intervening, police have made no arrests.

The FIR lodged by the woman’s son has named four persons, including gram pradhan Rajeev Srivasatava. It states that on June 9, Rajeev, along with his younger brother and supporters, attacked the Dalit family’s house over a member openly campaigning against the pradhan in the recently-held panchayat elections. The deceased screamed for help but none of the villagers dared to come to her rescue, the FIR states.

The woman died of burn injuries while being taken to hospital even as the attackers allegedly continued beating up other members of her family in the presence of villagers.

The SP of Jalaun, Arun Kumar, told The Indian Express on phone that police teams have been sent to trace the culprits but no arrests have been made so far. ‘‘We hope to bring the culprits to book soon,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Congress has warned of an agitation if the culprits are not arrested. ‘‘A judicial inquiry should be ordered into the murder,” said Seema Chaudhary, spokesman of the women’s wing of the party.

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Source: http://www.indian-express.com/ie20010612/nat4.shtml
Referred by: Mukundan CM
Published on: June 13, 2001
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