Monday, May 23, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Man killed for having food with Dalits in Uttar Pradesh

Man killed for having food with Dalits in Uttar Pradesh
Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow, May 20, DHNS:

In a shocking incident, an old man was strangled to death allegedly by
the members of his community for having food at a feast organised by a
Dalit family at a village in Uttar Pradesh's Jaunpur district, about
225 km from here. Ironically the victim also belonged to ''kurmi'' (a
backward community).

According to police sources here, 65-year-old Paras Nath Patel and his
members of his family were invited by the dalit family to attend the
wedding ceremony of a girl at Kuruthuwa village in the district on
Wednesday last. The "kurmi" community to which Paras Nath belonged had
decided not to attend the ceremony and have food with the dalits as
they considered them "untouchables".

Paras Nath, however, defied his community and his entire family had
food with the dalits at the feast, which enraged the "kurmi" community
of his village, sources said.

Irked over Paras Nath's defiance, the "kurmi" community held a
"panchayat" at the village on Thursday to deliberate on the matter and
take action against Paras. The members of the panchayat wanted to
expel Paras Nath from the community for defying the diktat.

The son of Paras, who was also present at the panchayat, alleged that
the community members used expletives against Paras following which he
had heated exchange of words with them.

Some members of the panchayat allegedly strangled Paras with a towel
killing him on the spot. A case of murder has been registered against
seven people, sources said. The culprits had been absconding.

Barely a few days ago, members of the "brahmin" community had refused
to have food with dalits at a religious feast at a village in UP's
Maharajganj district.


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