Dalit couple hacked to death in India
Sanjay Jha | July 16, 2008 at 02:40 amby
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In the deeply caste ridden society in India, Untouchables or Dalits still suffer at the hand of upper caste people. In this latest incident in the centrl Indian province of Uttar Pradesh a Dalit couple was hacked for a property dispute case.
A Dalit couple was hacked to death over a property dispute in Rae Bareili district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.
Gurcharan, a farmer in Rasoolpur village, about 80 km from Lucknow, was killed on Monday evening by a group of people with whom he had a land dispute.
"A group led by Virendra Singh attacked Gurcharan with axes and knives while he was working in his field. His wife Rajwati came forward to help him but was also killed," Rae Bareili Superintendent of Police Tarun Gaba told over the phone.
A first information report (FIR) was lodged against five people, including Virendra Singh. All the suspects are absconding.
In a similar incident on July 10, a Dalit youth was shot dead in Barabanki district over property dispute. The killers had chopped off his head and took it away.
The head was recovered on Tuesday from a pond in Sultanpur district after the arrest of the seven suspects.
"All the seven accused are now behind the bars. We found the head but it was decomposed," Barabanki superintendent of police Praveen Kumar said.