New Delhi: A 20-year-old Dalit youth was beaten to death by unidentified persons in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Sunday. The incident took place in Budhana town of the state. Station House Officer (SHO) Perbhaker Kentura said that the youth went missing on Friday and his body was found in a field a day after.

The deceased has been identified as Kapil and the body had injuries to his head, the SHO said, adding that the body was handover after post-mortem.

The youth’s family members staged a protest on Saturday and demanded the immediate arrest of the perpetrators, police said.

Police said that a case was registered against unidentified persons based on a complaint by the youth’s father Ram Kishan.

Last month, a 45-year-old Dalit man was beaten to death in Pilibhit district allegedly by his niece’s lover who is from a different caste. The victim, Shiv Kumar, had gone to call back her niece who went to her lover’s house, resulting in a dispute between Kumar and the youth, an OBC, had said Pilibhit Superintendent of Police Balendu Bhushan Singh.

When Kumar was returning home without his niece, he was allegedly attacked with sticks by the youth and some others, police said.

Kumar was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival, the officer had said, adding that a case had been registered against seven people.

(With PTI inputs)