New Delhi: Few days after a chilling incident from Rajasthan’s Nagaur made headlines where two Dalits were allegedly tortured for stealing money, another similar incident has come to fore in the state’s Barmer district. Also Read - Thrashing of Dalits: Rahul Calls it ‘Horrific,’ Rajasthan Govt Says ‘Nobody Will be Spared’
A youth was mercilessly beaten and a rod allegedly inserted into his private parts on suspicion of theft in Rajasthan’s Barmer. The incident is known to have occurred last month. Also Read - Rajasthan Shocker: 2 Dalits, Accused of Stealing Money, Tortured And Stripped; 5 Arrested
A complaint was lodged by the victim’s brother in Barmer rural police station soon after the video went viral through which they received the information about their brother’s torture.
He said that he spoke to his brother, who informed him that on January 29, he was abducted and locked up in a hotel room where he was falsely charged with theft and brutally beaten. He was forced to drink liquor and an iron rod was inserted into his private parts and Rs 4,800 was taken out of his pocket. The accused filmed the entire episode and later on made it viral.
The main accused was arrested on Friday, police officials said.
Barmer’s Superintendent of Police Sharad Chowdhary said that the victim’s family was immediately contacted soon after the video went viral, a case registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and a search is on for other accused.
“Looking at the gravity of the case, a special team has been formed under circle officer Vijay Singh Charan. The video proves the fact that the victim was brutally tortured by the accused. The victim is a vehicle driver and has not yet appeared in person in front of anyone,” he added.
Further, the victim’s brother also alleged that the police had detained his brother on charges of disturbing the peace on the day when the incident was reported, To which, the SP said that a DSP has been asked to submit a detailed report on why the victim was detained.
“If there has been any lapse on the police’s side, then relevant action shall be taken,” he said.
On February 20, two Dalits, who were accused of stealing money, were beaten up by showroom staffers in Nagaur district of Rajasthan. Five people were detained in connection with the incident. Reports said that a group of men could be seen beating one of the victims in a video which had gone viral. In the clip of the brutal assault, the mob allegedly poured petrol on the man’s genitals.