Youth beaten to death in UP caste row; 4 held

Tension prevails at a village in the Prayagraj district following the death of a 22-year-old youth on Tuesday after he was allegedly beaten up by his neighbours belonging to the Thakur Community. Police informed the Thakurs objected to a video posted by Sonu Yadav on social media, which he refused to remove.

There was an argument during which he was assaulted with sticks and he died at the hospital. Four persons, Shishu Pal Singh, his sons Preetam Singh and Piyam Singh, and their relative Shyam Singh, have been arrested. Police said the role of two others, also Thakurs is being probed. There is heavy police deployment in the village, Khuli Bari.

On Wednesday, Sonu’s family along with others sat on a road near the village with his body, refusing to carry out the last rites till their demands of monetary assistance and a government job to one of the family members were not met. Circle Officer, Bara, Awadhesh Kumar Singh said they managed to make the family agree to the last rites after a lot of persuasions.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Yamunapar, Saurabh Dixit said they had sent Sonu’s cellphone for forensic examination. Police also stated that the village has no history of caste violence. Locals revealed the accused had good relations and the incident occur on the spur of the moment.

After the incident, the villagers rushed Sonu to the Community Health Centre, from where he was referred to the government hospital for treatment. He died at the hospital.

Samajwadi Party Prayagraj district president Yogesh Yadav said the party had been visiting Sonu’s family to offer help. “We will fight for justice for Sonu.”