Shopkeeper In Uttar Pradesh Kills A Dalit Couple Over Dispute On Rs 15

In a shocking incident, a Dalit couple was hacked to death in a village in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. They were hacked with an axe by an upper caste shop owner following an argument. The silly aspect in the incident is that the dispute has come for the payment of Rs 15 for biscuit packets.

Dalit Couple killed for not paying Rs 15

The incident took place at just 4 km away from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s family home in Saifai led to heated protests by Dalit groups. Thus, Police went to arrest the main accused people but they didn’t agree to come out of their home fearing retaliation from the crowd gathered outside. Police took them into custody after breaking down the door of the house.

Police Broke The House Doors To Arrest The Accused:

Security in the village has been stepped up and the Policemen assigned to protect the three children of the Dalit couple, Bharat (45) and his wife Mamta (41) in their hut. Police said that the children aged 11, 9 and 8 were in a state of shock and unable to speak.

Dalit Couple in Uttar Pradesh killed

According to police, the incident took place around 6 am when Bharat and Mamta were walking towards the fields nearby for work. The couple was stopped by Mishra, leading to a heated exchange over the Rs 15 that was pending for three biscuit packets the couple had purchased from the shop for their children.

As per the eyewitnesses, Police informed that the couple begged Mishra that they would pay the money from their daily wages that evening. “While Mishra kept shouting for the money, the couple started walking towards the fields. Mishra then ran to his house nearby and returned with an axe. He hacked Bharat repeatedly and then attacked Mamta who was trying to rescue her husband. The couple died on the spot,” said Nadeem, a villager.

Dalit couple killed over dispute

The killing led to protests with people gathering outside Mishra’s house and threatening to hang him. However, Police came to the spot and arrested the accused. The villagers blocked the road demanding that the police hand over the accused to them.

“We have lodged a FIR against the accused under IPC section 302 and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The accused has confessed to his crime and we have recovered the weapon, too. Teams from Karhal, Barnal, and Kurra police stations are camping in the village to maintain peace,” said SP Verma.

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