A 45-year-old Dalit farmer was allegedly beaten to death by eight upper-caste men late on Friday at Ladiya Khera village in Chhatarpur district. Six of the eight accused were arrested by the police while the remaining two are still absconding, police said.
According to Guwahra police, the deceased — identified as Jhalua Ahirwar — was involved in a land dispute with the main accused Chote Yadav who was among the eight suspects who attacked him while he was sleeping in his barn.
The dispute arose after the agricultural land that was being cultivated by the Yadav was allotted to Ahirwar by the government a few years ago under the scheduled caste quota.
The case had snowballed since it began, having even reached the court of an additional district magistrate (ADM).
“The case was under trial in the court of the ADM and both the parties also appeared before the court on Friday morning. On Friday night, Yadav and his seven acquaintances attacked the victim with iron rods, axes and sticks.
“The deceased sustained serious injuries and later succumbed to them in the hospital,” said town inspector, Guwahra, Shailendra Yadav.
Yadav and five of the accused have been arrested, an official said.