A day after a Dalit man was beaten to death and his wife was assaulted in Raisen, the police nabbed the two accused on Saturday.
The Dalit couple had allegedly enraged the assailants by filing a first information report against a village strongman of sexually harassing their minor daughter in Bagh Pipariya village of the district under Bareli police station.
The accused brothers, Pappu Singh Chauhan and Guddu Singh Chauhan, have confessed to crime that led to the death of Munna, 35.
With tensions flaring in the village after the incident, heavy police force was deployed to prevent any untoward incidents from taking place. Amid tight security, Munna’s cremation was performed.
According to deputy superintendent of police Anil Sharma, Munna had lodged the complaint against the family member of the accused for allegedly harassing his minor daughter.
A few days prior to the complaint, the Chauhan brothers had pressured Munna’s brother Mukesh Dhobi to compromise in the case, and when the latter refused, he was beaten up. Dhobi too has lodged a complaint with the police.
On Saturday, Pappu and Guddu intercepted Munna on his way to work and threw chilli powder in his eyes. The accused then tied his hands with a rope and dragged him to Bagh Pipariya behind their bike.
As the entire village played silent witness to the deadly attack, Munna was beaten to death by the two goons. When his wife reached the spot, the two accused assaulted her as well, according to the police. She was later taken to Raisen district hospital in critical condition.
Even after the gruesome murder, family of the accused continued to harass the victim’s family. Munna’s sister Rambharosi has alleged that the members of the accused threatened her not to attend the cremation of her brother.
Dhobi said the assailants claim to be the relatives of local MLA Ramkishan Singh Chauhan and are known to throw their weight around in the village.
Superintendent of police, Raisen Deepak Verma said, “Pappu and Guddu have confessed to their crime. But, we would not spare other villagers who have watched the whole crime and didn’t come to rescue the deceased. We will also register a case against them.”