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Three arrested for murder of Dalits in Moradabad

Atiq Khan
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Police rule out caste rivalry as one of those held is a Dalit

Family members mourn the death of four Dalits at Gammanpura village in Moradabad district on Wednesday.– PHOTO: PTI
Family members mourn the death of four Dalits at Gammanpura village in Moradabad district on Wednesday.– PHOTO: PTI

Even as Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati sharpened her attack on the Akhilesh Yadav government for the killing of four Dalits in Moradabad district, the police claimed to have cracked the case by arresting three persons.

Additional Director- General (Law and Order) Arun Kumar said the incident was not fallout of caste rivalry as one of those arrested is a Dalit.

Vijay Singh, Suraj Singh and Jasveer (sons of Jagan Singh) and Manoj Kumar of Gammanpura village were kidnapped on the intervening night of April 30-May 1 and their bodies buried in a jungle in the neighbouring Sambhal district.

“Killings result of mistaken identity”

The bodies were exhumed on Tuesday. Mr. Kumar said the killings were the result of mistaken identity.

While talking to journalists in New Delhi earlier in the day, Ms. Mayawati slammed the Samajwadi Party government for “failing to control crime” and reiterated that President’s rule be imposed in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. Yadav announced a compensation of Rs. 3 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.

He said strict action would be taken against the accused.

In addition to the compensation, families of the deceased would be entitled to Rs. 5 lakh each under the Farmers Accident Insurance Scheme and another Rs. 5 lakh each under the Scheduled Caste/Tribe Scheme, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s information campus said.

A case was registered under Section 364 of the Indian Penal Code against cattle smuggler Anis and some others.

“On a tipoff, police arrested the three persons, who revealed that the bodies were buried in a jungle near Talwar village”, Mr. Kumar told reporters on Wednesday.

Those arrested were Anis, who has about 30 criminal cases against him; Afsar; and Vijay Jatav, a Dalit, he said.

During interrogation, Anis told the police that he had gone to Gammanpura village on April 17 where after a drinking session he was thrashed by Harpal Singh Saini and his supporters. After this, he and six of his accomplices planned to kidnap and kill those who had beaten him up, Mr. Kumar said.

The accused mistook the four farmers to be Saini and his henchmen, Mr. Kumar said.

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