Dalit boy beaten to death for plucking flowers

August 4, 2000
Indian Express

BAREILLY: A teenaged Dalit boy was allegedly beaten to death by the nagar panchayat President of Fateh Ganj for plucking some flowers from his garden.

The boy and his brother were plucking flowers from the garden of Shabbir Ahmad when he caught both of them, police said today. They added that one of the boys was beaten to death while the other managed to escape.

Infuriated by the incident, angry villagers went on a rampage breaking window panes of buses, gheraoed the police station and blocked the Lucknow highway demanding immediate arrest of the nagar panchayat president.

Later, villagers dispersed after mild police lathicharge. The situation was tense but under control, police added.

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