Saturday, March 10, 2012

[ZESTCaste] A Dalit’s murder in wake of SP victory

A Dalit's murder in wake of SP victory

Express news service Posted online: Sat Mar 10 2012, 04:59 hrs
Lucknow : The newly elected Samajwadi Party MLA from Bah, Aridaman
Singh, and nine supporters were today booked for the murder of the
husband of a Dalit village pradhan.

Munna Lal — who virtually ran the show in the name of his wife Guddi
Devi, the actual pradhan of Parvati Purva village — was beaten to
death in Agra on Thursday reportedly for refusing to vote for the
Samajwadi Party candidate during the elections.

This is the latest in a series of incidents of violence, allegedly by
SP men, since the announcement of Assembly poll results on March 6. SP
chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today called a meeting of police officers to
direct them to check the violence while son Akhilesh Singh saw a
conspiracy to defame the party.

Munna Lal, 40, was attacked by more than 20 men while sitting at the
panchayat ghar. MLA Singh has been booked on the charge of hatching a
conspiracy for murder.

Munna Lal's nephew Daya Shankar claimed the murder was the fallout of
a dispute during Singh's visit to the village seeking votes. He was
accompanied by the Thakurs of the village.

"The Thakurs asked the pradhan to ensure that the people of his
community cast vote in favour of Singh. Munna Lal refused. Aridaman
and others threatened to deal with him after the election," said
Shankar. Circle officer Siddharth said the postmortem report was


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