Atrocities against Dalits continue unabated in Uttar Pradesh. In a shocking new incident, the husband of a Dalit village head in Amethi’s Bandoiya village was set on fire on Friday over a money dispute. The man succumbed to his injuries while being referred to Lucknow for treatment. Three people have been arrested in the case.
Arjun Kori husband of a dalit gram pradhan was allegedly set afire over a money dispute in Amethi district on Friday. The victim was was husband of gram pradhan Chhotka of Bandoiya village under Munshiganj police station of the district. pic.twitter.com/WB1rve8YiK
— Arvind Chauhan (@arvindcTOI) October 30, 2020
Forty-year-old Arjun Kori was found in a burnt state inside the boundary of a house in the village around 10:30 pm on Thursday. The family rushed him to the Community Health Centre in Naugirwa for treatment. The doctors referred him to the Sultanpur District Hospital and was later asked to be taken to the Trauma Center Lucknow but died on the way to the facility.
Son Surendra Kumar told reporters that Kori had gone to a market to purchase vegetables on Thursday evening but did not return home. He was found hours later with serious burns. Surendra has alleged that his father had a strong base in the area, which had perturbed his opponents and thus he was killed over electoral rivalry. According to him, his father had taken names of four people, who stuffed a cloth in his mouth and set him on fire after beating him up.
Set on Fire, Husband of Dalit Village Head Succumbs to Burns in UP's Amethi; 3 Arrested https://t.co/RI6cxSuVH6
— Qazi Faraz Ahmad (@qazifarazahmad) October 30, 2020
Police force was deployed at the deceased’s house to avoid any unwanted situation.
थानाक्षेत्र मुंशीगंज के ग्राम बन्दोइया में प्रधानपति अर्जुन की कृष्ण कुमार के अहाते में अधजले/घायल अवस्था में मिलने व इलाज हेतु लखनऊ ले जाते समय मृत्यु की घटना व साक्ष्य संकलन कर अग्रिम विवेचनात्मक कार्यवाही के सम्बन्ध में #SP_अमेठी श्री दिनेश सिंह द्वारा दी गयी बाइट @Uppolice pic.twitter.com/SuqXoTleL3
— AMETHI POLICE (@amethipolice) October 30, 2020
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was stinging in his criticism of the UP government. “There are frequent murders of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh and the unrepentant Chief Minister of UP is engaged in campaigning for Bihar. The administration should arrest the culprits quickly or else I am coming with the entire Bhima Army,” he tweeted.
उत्तर प्रदेश में दलितों की लगातार हत्याएं जारी है और यूपी के नकारा मुख्यमंत्री बिहार के चुनाव प्रचार में लगे है। प्रशासन जल्दी से अपराधियों को गिरफ्तार करे वरना मैं पूरी भीम आर्मी के साथ आ रहा हूँ। https://t.co/MjDH9DN994
— Chandra Shekhar Aazad (@BhimArmyChief) October 30, 2020
Social media users also spoke of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and how incidents of violence have been on the rise and frequent.
सरकार ने पूरा माहौल खराब कर दिया है कहीं कोई सिस्टम नहीं है बहुत बुरे हालात तो सही उत्तर प्रदेश गुजर रहा है अब इससे ज्यादा कहीं भी तो और क्या कहे मंदिर चलाने वाले लोग सरकार चला रहे हैं पब्लिक का क्या भला करेंगे
— कपिल राणा (@nBrmDIbVAPf4SZf) October 30, 2020
ये बर्दाश्त के बाहर है हर दिन दलितों को मारा जा रहा है ब्लात्कार हत्याएँ की जा रही है बीजेपी सरकार पुलिस प्रषासन क्या कर रहा है
— Anuj Kumar (@anujkum69419008) October 30, 2020
“Is it a crime to be a Dalit? Will Dalits keep getting murdered in this way?”
क्या दलीत होना गुन्हा हैं...
यूपी मे कानुन व्यवस्था नहीं हैं...
क्या इसी तरह दलीत भाई मारे जायेंगे..
जय भीम 🙏
— ajaymendhe (@MendheAjay) October 30, 2020
Whether it is crimes against women or caste-based violence, UP is topping the wrong charts, and the administration along with law enforcement needs to get its act in place or the ‘“jungle raaj”, “goonda raj” labels are here to stay.