The Madhya Pradesh Police on Tuesday arrested eight people on charges of stopping the procession of a Dalit groom in Mandsaur district. Police say that the accused also beat up the Dalit groom and his family members.
Mandsaur SP Siddharth Chaudhary said that the names of the eight accused – Bahadur Singh, Kripal Singh, Ishwar Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Dilip Singh, Lal Singh, Balu Singh and Darbar Singh. All are residents of Gurdia village of Mandsaur district. A case has been registered against them under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The SP said that Mukesh Meghwal, a resident of Gurdia village, lodged a complaint with the police on Saturday night that the accused stopped the procession of his nephew Deepak Meghwal and abused him. The accused lowered Deepak from the jeep and assaulted him. When Deepak’s family tried to save him, the accused also beat him and threatened him. The complainant says that the accused had a problem with the procession of Dalits in the village.
The police have registered a case with the Shyamgarh police station and arrested all the accused. At the same time, the case is under investigation. The SP said that some villagers have been told by the police that Deepak Meghwal’s family had treated the people passing by poorly, following which the group came and attacked the procession.