Rajasthan: Dalit youth assaulted after row over Ambedkar posters; succumbs to injuries

Vinod Bamnia, who was a member of Bhim Army, was assaulted near his residence in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan and died in a hospital in Sriganganagar two days later, police said.

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Dalit youth killed - Rajasthan

New Delhi: A 21-year-old Dalit youth died in Rajasthan, days after he was assaulted by a group of men from other OBC community. The Dalit man was severely injured in the assault, which happened about 2 weeks ago and succumbed to his injuries at hospital.

The fracas broke out after some men belonging to OBC community allegedly tore posters of B R Ambedkar pasted outside his home, police and family members of the victim said.

Vinod Bamnia, who was a member of Bhim Army, was assaulted near his residence in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan and died in a hospital in Sriganganagar two days later, police said.

According to Indian Express, the police have confirmed at least two persons – Anil Sihag & Rakesh Sihag behind the assault. They were named by the victim’s family for the poster incident and then in a subsequent FIR following

Ambedkar photo, posters

Vinod’s assault and death two days later. The two are among the four who have been arrested so far.

The FIR also mentions that casteist slurs were hurled at the victim during the physical altercation.

FIR states that the accused allegedly shouted casteist slurs during the assault, and said: “Aaj tumhe tumhara Ambedkarvad yaad dilvayenge (We will make you remember your Ambedkarite ideology today.”

Later, the Bhim Army staged a protest against “police inaction” in the case.

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