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Main accused in Dalit law student’s lynching in Allahabad arrested

Dileep Saroj, a second year LLB student of Allahabad University, was beaten to death on Saturday by a group after an altercation outside a restaurant.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2018 18:45 IST
Press Trust of India, Allahabad
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Grab from a video clipping showing the assault on Dileep near a restaurant in Katra area of Allahabad on Saturday.(Video grab)

The main accused in the killing of a Dalit student of Allahabad University has been arrested, police said on Wednesday.

Vijay Shankar Singh, a travelling ticket examiner, was arrested from the Sultanpur bus stand around 7 am, senior superintendent of police Akaash Kulhari said.

Dileep Saroj (26), a second year LLB student, was thrashed by a group on Friday following an altercation outside a restaurant. He succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Kulhari said police have recovered the iron rod and the brick used in the crime.

Four people have already been arrested in connection with the incident.

The Yogi Adityanath government came in for criticism from rival parties over the killing, with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav saying it showed Uttar Pradesh was in the “grip of criminal elements”.

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati said the killing was the result of “narrow and casteist politics of hatred” being pursued by the ruling BJP.

Protesting the death of Dileep, Allahabad University students had torched a state-run bus on Monday.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 12:36 IST