Gujarat man who attempted suicide to protest Una Dalit thrashing dies

  • Hiral Dave, Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2016 16:33 IST
Dalit people from across Gujarat attend an Ahmedabad rally to protest against the attack on Dalit men in Una, on Friday. (Siddharaj Solanki/ HT Photo)

A 23-year-old man, who attempted suicide to protest against the thrashing of four Dalit men in Gujarat’s Una, died in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Yogesh Sarikhada, a resident of Rajkot town, consumed poison on July 19 and was admitted to a hospital in the city. He was later shifted to a hospital in Ahmedabad, where he died.

“He was rushed to Ahmedabad civil hospital from Rajkot after his condition deteriorated. He reached here last midnight but passed away soon after,” police said.

The death is likely to fuel anger in the state that is already on the boil over the thrashing of the Dalit youth – who were skinning a dead cow -- in Una by self-styled cow protectors.

Thousands of Dalit people have come out in protest against the incident on July 11, forcing the government on the back foot and shifting the spotlight back on festering caste discrimination across India.

(With inputs from PTI)

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