According to the police, on October 7 in Prempura area of Rajasthan, the accused thrashed Jagdish with sticks till he died, allegedly because of his relationship with a woman (AFP)

Jaipur A dalit man was allegedly beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district, triggering protests by local residents and a political slugfest between the ruling Congress and the Opposition. Police said three people have been detained in connection with the case.

According to the police, the incident took place on October 7 in Prempura area of Hanumangarh where the accused thrashed Jagdish with sticks till he died, allegedly because of his relationship with a woman. The culprits also shot a video of the entire incident, in which they are seen giving water to the victim to drink and then thrashing him repeatedly with sticks. The accused later dumped Jagdish’s body outside his residence, police said.

Taking strong note of the incident, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat hit out at the Congress-led state government for keeping “silence” on the matter.

“Rahul ji, don’t worry about Lakhimpur where Yogi ji has his governance and not your dear Gehlot ji. Show some courage to speak about the murder of dalit youth in Prempura of Rajasthan so that people get to know how truthful you are?” he said in a Twitter post in Hindi.

A couple of days ago, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel’s along with other party leaders met the kin of farmers killed in the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri.

Meanwhile, Jagdish’s family has refused to accept his body, demanding early arrest of the accused and adequate compensation. Later, SDM Ranjeet Kumar on Saturday met the victim’s family members and convinced them to cremate his body.

“A case has been registered against 11 people. Three people — Mukesh, Om Prakash and Hansraj — have been detained and two teams have been constituted to nab the remaining accused,” Pilibanga SHO Inder Kumar said.

This story first appeared on hindustantimes.com