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UP Man Beaten To Death by Neighbours for Celebrating BJP’s Poll Victory; 2 Arrested

The victim, Babar Ali, who was thrashed on March 20 in Kathargarhi, died during treatment in Lucknow.

Published: March 28, 2022 8:30 AM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Rajashree Seal

UP Man Beaten To Death by Neighbours for Celebrating BJP's Poll Victory; 2 Arrested

Gorakhpur: A 25-year-old man has allegedly been beaten to death by his neighbours in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district for participating in the BJP’s election campaign and celebrating its victory in the recently-held state polls, police said on Sunday. Two people have been arrested so far and the hunt is on to nab two more people, added police.

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The victim, Babar Ali, who was thrashed on March 20 in Kathargarhi, died during treatment in Lucknow, and when his body reached the village on Sunday, his family members refused to perform last rites and demanded the arrest of the perpetrators, they said.

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However, local MLA PN Pathak and other officials reached there, and the family agreed to bury Ali’s body. Police said Ali was allegedly targeted by his neighbours for apparently participating in the BJP’s campaigning and celebrating its victory in the assembly polls.

On the complaint of the victim’s wife, Fatima Khatoon, police registered a case against Azimullah, Arif, Salma and Tahid under the Indian Penal Code on March 21 and among the four, Arif and Tahid have been arrested.

As per reports, Ali campaigned for Pathak, a BJP leader, during the assembly election and on the day of victory, he not only burst crackers but also distributed sweets. His neighbours became very angry, threatened him with dire consequences and on March 20 , they surrounded him in his house and started beating him up with sticks, police said.

When he climbed to the roof of the house, to save himself, they threw him down from there, they said. Ali’s brother Chande Alam and Fatima told reporters that they went to police and other officials several times to get protection from their neighbours but no one cared. Pathak said that the culprits won’t be spared and strict action will be taken against them.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Varun Kumar Pandey said that no action was taken, despite the victim complaining about death threats. He said, “We were informed that the victim had complained about death threats, but no action was taken then. An FIR has been registered. We are investigating the matter.”

“On March 21 a case was registered in which one Baba Ali was injured after he was beaten up. On March 25, he died, and among the two accused Arif and Tahid have been arrested and sent to jail and the rest of the accused will be soon arrested. The accused and victim are of the same community,” Circle Officer Khadda Sandeep Verma said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed condolences on the death of Ali and expressed his gratitude towards his family. He directed officials to conduct an unbiased probe into the matter.

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