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UP: Police file case against kin after violence over Dalit man’s death

indiatoday.in

A case has been registered against 55 people in the alleged thrashing and subsequent death of a 40-year-old Dalit man, Bijendra Pal, on Tuesday in Lalpur of Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh.

Police have also registered a case for vandalising government property at Kotwali Dehat police station. The deceased’s family members are also included in the 55 people against whom the case has been registered, reported TOI.

The FIR was registered based on a complaint by sub-inspector Ram Dayal Gangwar. According to SP Lakshmi Nivas Mishra, “Police have the video of the entire agitation on June 28. The accused were identified based on it.”

Sub-inspector Ram Dayal Gangwar said that they stopped Bijendra Pal while checking vehicles on June 28 and asked for his bike papers. He failed to present the papers and therefore his bike was seized.

Pal then left the spot to fetch the papers from his house. Somewhere on the way, he fell unconscious and succumbed to a cardiac arrest.

He further added that his family members and locals later reached Kotwali Dehat police station, blaming police for his death, created ruckus and damaged government property.

On June 29, four police personnel were booked for Pal’s death.

Two days after the incident, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar and his supporters visited the deceased village, Lalpur, on Sunday evening.

Chandrashekhar met the pained family and demanded strict action against the erring policemen.

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