Assault on Dalit man: Three accused surrender before police
Three men, who had allegedly assaulted a 22-year-old Dalit man and forced him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Muzaffarnagar on January 14, surrendered before the police.lucknow Updated: Jan 19, 2018 13:51 IST
Three men, who had allegedly assaulted a 22-year-old Dalit man and forced him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Muzaffarnagar on January 14, surrendered before the police on Thursday.
Superintendent of police, city, Ombeer Singh said the three accused – Jodha, Rahul and Sushil – were handed over to the Purkazi police by their families in the presence of the elders and prominent people of the area.
“All the four accused are now in police custody. One of the accused, Dheeraj, was arrested on Tuesday evening,” he said.
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Abhishek Chaudhary, who was present when the three accused surrendered before the police, said in the name of social organisations some people were trying to create tension in the area.
“Prominent people of the area held a meeting on Wednesday evening and decided to stop the intervention of outsiders in the name of social organisations. We persuaded the families to hand over the accused to the police,” he said.
Vipin Kumar, a resident of Kallanpur village in Muzaffarnagar, was assaulted and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
Tension gripped the area when the video clip of the assault went viral on the social media in which the four assailants were seen beating the man.
On the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim’s father Palla, the police lodged an FIR against Jodha, Rahul, Sushil alias Kaku and Dheeraj alias Lalu under sections 307, 323 and 324 of the IPC and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Dalit organisations had on Wednesday threatened to launch an agitation if the accused were not arrested within three days.
The Purkazi police pacified the agitators and informed them about the arrest of an accused Dheeraj on Tuesday and assured them that the remaining men would be arrested soon.
Bahujan Samaj Party MLA from Purkazi Anil Kumar said the atmosphere in Kallanpur and Medha Sakarpur villages was peaceful.
SSP Anant Dev Tiwari also held a meeting with the residents of the village and appealed to them to maintain peace and harmony in the area.