New Delhi: A 21-year-old Dalit youth allegedly died after he was thrashed by a group of upper caste men at a wedding when they saw him sitting on a chair and having dinner in front of them.

The incident has been reported from the Shrikot area of Tehri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand.

Reportedly, Jitendra Das (21) was attending a wedding on April 26, when he was beaten back and blue for sitting on a chair in front of upper caste men. The next day he fell sick and was rushed to a Dehradun hospital where he succumbed to his internal injuries sustained a night before.

Jitendra worked as a carpenter and was the sole bread-winner in the family of four.

According to reports, Jitendra was not only assaulted at the wedding venue but also on his way home. He was so brutally beaten that he slept on the verandah outside his house on the night of the assault. The next morning he was rushed for medical treatment when his mother found him in an unconscious state.

The police have registered a case against the seven accused men under relevant sections of the IPC and the SC/ST Atrocities Act.

Meanwhile, Jitendra’s body has been sent for post-mortem.