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Dalit attacked for touching water pump in Rajasthan

india Updated: Jun 21, 2007 17:04 IST

A Dalit man approaching a community water pump would not have imagined what crime he was about to commit. But as he washed his hands, a group of people came down upon him, beat him up and also filed a police complaint against him.

Ramlal, 40, sustained three fractures in his hands on Sunday as the mob beat him up with sticks and iron rods for touching the pump, in Takholi village in Tonk district, over 100 kms from Jaipur.

While Ramlal was admitted to a hospital, one of the alleged attackers filed a complaint against him in the Mehendwas police station.

The victim's family said they were threatened that their house would be burnt down if they approached the police. "But we finally decided to lodge a complaint on Monday," said Shamu, a relative of Ramlal.

"One Murari Yadav has lodged a police complaint against Ramlal for attacking him on Sunday and a group of Dalit community members filed a complaint on Monday. We are probing the matter and offenders will be punished," a senior police official told IANS in New Delhi on Thursday.