Six men were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly stripping and thrashing three Dalit teens who were accused of stealing a motorcycle in Chittorgarh’s Laxmipura village.
The teenagers, aged 15 to 18, were tied to a tree and beaten before being stripped and paraded in the village on Saturday.
On receiving information of the incident, police rushed to the village, about 400 km southwest of Jaipur, and rescued the three from the mob.
Superintendent of police Prasanna Khamesara said six culprits were identified and arrested on Tuesday morning. “We have identified seven more,” he added.
Three of those arrested belong to scheduled tribes and the others are from other backward classes. Of the seven yet to be apprehended, four are said to be Dalits.
The teenagers are Kanjars, a nomadic tribe, from Dudi Talai, 30 km from Laxmipura. Police said the three were charge sheeted in two cases of theft earlier as well, and two of them had two theft cases each and the third had one.
“We recovered the motorcycle from them and found that it was lifted from Bhilwara. We will produce the three before a juvenile justice court (on Tuesday),” Khamesara said.
A video of the mob thrashing the teenagers was widely circulated on social media after the incident.