Punjab Dalit man dies after being thrashed, forced to drink urine

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CHANDIGARH: Punjab police have arrested four persons in connection with the death of a 37-year-old Dalit after they allegedly thrashed and forced him to drink urine.

 

The arrested are Amarjeet Singh, his son Rinku, and the latter’s friends, Lucky and Binder. The four, all residents of Changaliwala village, had reportedly targeted the deceased identified as Jagmale Singh following an altercation on October 21, according to an Indian Express report.  

According to the First Information Report, Jagmale was taken to Rinku’s house and beaten up on November 7. When he asked Rinku to give water, he went to the bathroom, urinated, and made Jagmale drink his urine. The medical report noted that the injuries were caused by a blunt weapon.

After being beaten up, Jagmale was reportedly left on a street near his house. He remained at his house for three days. On November 10, as his condition deteriorated, he was taken to a nearby hospital. Police came to know about the incident on November 10, when Jagmale was taken to hospital, the IE report said.

When his condition worsened, he was rushed to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), where he breathed his last. The death sparked protests across the state. The protestors sat in protest outside the Sub-Divisional Magistrate's (SDM) office, demanding justice for the deceased and his family.

Congress leader Bibi Rajinder Kaur Bhattal expressed her sympathy with the family and said that strict action will be taken against the culprits. Punam Kangra, member of Punjab SC Commission also warned strict action taken against the accused as well as the police if they have delayed investigation in the case.

Another member of the commission said that he will appeal to the Centre seeking death penalty for the accused. The Zamin Prapati Sangrash Committee, an organisation which fights for the rights of Dalits, has demanded Rs 25 lakh as compensation to Jagmale’s family and a government job for his wife.

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