Amidst raging protests over the rising atrocities against Dalits in the BJP-governed states, two Dalit men have alleged that they were thrashed by over 25 people in Maharashtra’s Beed district just because they overtook their motorcycles near a petrol pump.
The incident, according to an NDTV report, took place on Friday in Savargaon village in Beed district.
According to report, six young Dalit men were travelling on three motorcycles. Soon after they overtook the accused, they were forced to stop before being mercilessly thrashed.
The accused began to beat them even more furiously after they saw pictures of Dalit rights icon Dr BR Ambedkar on their motorcycles, claimed the Dalit victims.
“After spotting the photograph, they beat me with a belt. They started beating us and wanted to kill us. They took me on their bike and kept threatening us and abusing our caste,” said 23-year-old Akash Waghmare, one of the victims who have filed a complaint.
Police are yet to arrest the accused in the case. They have registered a complaint against over 25 unidentified persons.
“They had marks on their body that showed that they were beaten with belts. There were for four others with these two boys but since they haven’t given us their statement, we don’t know the full story yet. We have not caught the accused yet. A case filed under Prevention of Atrocity Act has been registered,” said Assistant Superintendent of police in Majalgaon, Hari Balaji.