Two Dalits run over in Raj after ‘dhaba brawl’
JAIPUR: Two Dalit youths were run over and another grievously injured shortly after they allegedly had an altercation with some unidentified men at a highway dhaba in Deedwana-Kuchaman district late Monday night, fuelling suspicion the crash was deliberately caused.So horrific was the accident that the limbs of the victims were dismembered and lay strewn along the Hanumangarh-Kishangarh Mega Highway, near Ranasar.
The unidentified vehicle that killed Rajuram (22) and Chunilal (24) and injured Kishnaram (30) remained untraced till much of Tuesday.
Rajuram (22) and Chunilal (24) were from Bidiyad village, and Kishnaram from nearby Manglana. All worked as marble-fitting contractors.
“We found the bodies of the two youths in the mud. The injured individual was sent to hospital. Marks from tyres were evident near the location of the motorcycle. An investigation has been started after registering a murder case,” Kuchaman circle inspector Suresh Kumar said.
The Dalits were returning from a fair in Maulasar and they had reportedly stopped at the dhaba where they had a confrontation with the men. The assailants then chased their bike and hit them several times. Locals reported seeing two large vehicles repeatedly speeding through the same location on the highway.
Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal condemned the episode. “Police must swiftly apprehend the culprits and pursue the most stringent legal actions against them. The rising crime rate in Rajasthan is deeply concerning,” Beniwal said.
Many people from the Dalit community gathered outside the local police station to protest, demanding a CBI probe, a government job for the victims’ families as well as compensation of Rs 1 crore each.
“We will conduct the postmortem once the community members agree,” another police officer said. IG Ajmer Range, Lata Manoj Kumar, also reached Deedwana to take stock of the situation.
Courtesy : TOI
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