Father-son duo thrash, tie up dalit man for refusing liquor
Coimbatore: Police are on the lookout for two ‘upper-caste’ men, who thrashed a 23-year-old dalit man using wooden logs and tied him up with a sari after he refused to hand over a liquor bottle. A photo of the youth, hands and legs tied, has gone viral on social media.
R Manikandan, a daily wage labourer from Iyappan Nagar at Arthanaripalayam, is undergoing treatement at the Pollachi Government Hospital for the injuries he received. He was admitted on Wednesday night with serious injuries. After the hospital management alerted Aliyar police, special sub-inspector Thennarasu recorded his statement.
The man told police that he was waylaid by Thangavel from Arthanaripalayam — who belonged to an upper caste — while he was on the way home from a Tasmac outlet at Poovalaparuthi around 4pm on Wednesday, carrying a bottle of liquor.
“Thangavel asked Manikandan to hand over the bottle, but he refused. An angry Thangavel abused the dalit youth and snatched it. The youth went home empty-handed,” a police officer said.
Around 8.30pm, while Manikandan was heading towards his mother’s home for dinner, Thangavel again confronted him, this time in company of his son Mohan. “The duo attacked Manikandan with logs. They tied up the injured man using a sari,” the officer told.
By the time villagers, who heard Manikandan’s cries reached the spot, Thangavel and Mohan had escaped.
Aliyar police have registered a case against the father-son duo under Sections 341, 294 (b)(, 323 and 324 of the Indian Penal Code.
After the photograph showing the youth went viral on Saturday, the rural police are planning to book the perpetrators under sections of SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act.
Meanwhile, the duo has secured conditional bail, police sources said.