Horrific atrocities against Dalits continue. An upper caste youth ran his speeding vehicle over a dalit family killing twowomen of the family and injuring two others. The incident happened Bulandshahr near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. The incident happened after the youth tried to molest one of the girls in the family. Frustrated at the failed attempt, the youth left the scene but brought the speeding vehicle back and crushed the family, a scene which was captured in a CCTV camera. Two women died on the spot while two other members of the family are injured.
The incident occurred at Naya Gaon under Bulandshahr Rural police station on Monday night. The accused, 30-year-old Nakul Thakur, who lives in the same village has been arrested.
Shocking CCTV footage of a Dalit family run over by a car driven by a man who allegedly tried to molest a 22-year-old woman from the family in Bulandshahr. Two elderly women were killed while two other sustained injuries. Accused Nakul Thakur has been arrested. @Uppolice pic.twitter.com/GgBTSarFrz
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A harrowing CCTV footage, which went viral on social media, shows the speeding vehicle ramming into the family with full force and zooming past as neighbours rush to the spot and pick up the victims who were thrown several feet away.
The family later claimed that police tried to hush up the harassment angle and simply registered a case of an accident.
However, on Tuesday morning after bodies were handed over to the family after post-mortem, the Dalit community placed them on the road and blocked the traffic. Later, stringent sections, like 307 (attempt to murder), 302 (murder), 354 (assault on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC and relevant sections of SC/ST Act were added.
The complainant, who lost his wife and his sister-in-law, said, “We were standing outside our house when Nakul Thakur, who is from our village, came in a car and tried to pull my daughter inside the vehicle. When we thwarted his attempt, he scolded and threatened us of dire consequences. He drove away and returned soon – this time with a few friends inside the car – with great speed and rammed the vehicle into us with full force. My wife and sister-in-law were killed on the spot while my son and nephew are injured.”
“Police initially filed the FIR of an accident without even consulting us. They sent the bodies for postmortem in the early hours of Tuesday. It was only after our community members assembled at the thana and protested that the murder and harassment charges were added to the FIR,” the complainant added.
Police, however, denied the charges of the victims’ kin.
“It was upper castes’ aggressive attitude that led to the attack on us. Had it not been caste disparity our women still would have been alive, said Ramvir Singh, one of the two brothers who lost their lives to Times of India.