Badaun, May 2: A Dalit was brutally thrashed and forced to drink urine allegedly by four upper caste Thakurs of Azampur Bisauriya in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. The four persons had reportedly asked agricultural labour Sitaram Valimiki, who had gone to harvest wheat on the family’s 10-bigha land, to harvest their 20-bigha land first, to which he refused. Also Read - Mission Shakti: UP Govt Sets up 'Pink Patrol' to Maximise Women Safety, Will be Operational 24*7
As per reports, the 43-year-old man’s refusal angered the Thakurs and they started beating him. The four even hurled casteist abuses at him. They dragged Sitaram to chaupal of the village, ripped his moustache while he was tied to a neem tree and even forced him to drink urine. Sitaram’s wife Jaimala has been quoted in a media report as saying that the accused kept shouting “…inka hai kaun, sarkar humari hai (whose backing do they have, the government is ours),” Also Read - Congress' Priyanka Gandhi Slams UP Govt Over Rising Incidents of Crime Against Women in State
Sitaram’s 14-year-old son Pramod repeatedly pleaded to the four accused to spare his father but, all of them turned deaf ears to his requests. Also Read - Uddhav Thackeray's Indirect Attack on Yogi Adityanath: Move to Shift Film Industry Will Not be Tolerated
Meanwhile, a police team reached the spot on the complaint of Jaimala. The team rescued Sitaram and dispersed the crowd. However, his house was attached again. The police was called again and this time, the team booked Sitaram and Vijay Singh under Section 151 CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences).
Sitaram was released on the bail next day. Security has also been provided outside his residence. On the other hand, the four accused were arrested on Monday and have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.
As per the police, Sitaram had taken Rs 6,000 advance from the family of the accused to harvest their crops but, such claims have been denied by the latter’s family.
Sitaram has been missing since Tuesday and his family has claimed of not having any knowledge about his whereabouts.
In 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections with clear majority. The state is currently under the rule of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.