A 58-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by upper caste men on Saturday over a petty dispute at Kola Ki Nangal village in Sikar district. According to family members of the deceased, identified as Bhagtaram Meena, the attack was a result of a dispute involving stray bovines entering the land of the alleged assailants. “Stray bovines had entered the field where my brother worked as a farm labourer on Saturday. He drove them away and they entered another field which is owned by Rawta Ram,” said Subhash Meena, brother of the deceased. He alleged that later during the night, Rawta Ram along with several others entered the house of Meena and started assaulting him. “They continued to beat him until he was senseless. When I tried to stop them, I was also assaulted. They accused us of purposefully letting the stray bovines into their land…,” said Subhash. After the assault, Bhagtaram was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead. “After the murder, the police dilly-dallied for over 13 hours before the FIR was finally lodged on Sunday morning,” said activist Kailash Mina.