Thursday, October 7, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Assaulted, Dalit student dies

Assaulted, Dalit student dies

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times

New Delhi, October 07, 2010First Published: 01:19 IST(7/10/2010)

A 19-year-old Dalit student of Satyawati College died on Wednesday, a
week after being allegedly thrashed by his seniors. The police have
identified the victim as Akshay Prakash, a first-year student of
B.Com (Hons). Prakash, a resident of Ashok Vihar's Sangam Park area,
and his friend Lalit Kumar were brutally thrashed by a second-year
student, Prashant Tyagi and his accomplices on September 27. The
victims were waiting for a bus outside the college at the time of
incident, said police.

According to police, both the victims were assaulted with blunt
objects and were rushed to the Sundar Lal Jain Hospital with head

While Lalit was discharged on Monday, Akshay was on ventilator.

On Wednesday morning, however, Akshay was declared dead by the
doctors, police said.

His friends believe Prakash became a victim of caste bias. "On
September 20, Tyagi had barged into our classroom, chosen a group of
Dalit students and humiliated them, said one of Prakash's classmates,
requesting anonymity.
He said Tyagi was insenced because Prakash had complained to the
principal, who in turn had suspended the former and asked him to file
a showcause notice.


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