Dalit killed for plucking two brinjals in Bihar village

November 10th, 2010 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Nov 10 (IANS) A Dalit man was beaten to death for plucking two brinjals from a field belonging to a landowner of a higher caste in a village in Bihar, police said Wednesday.

To escape the clutches of law, the landowner later offered the grieving Dalit family Rs.75,000 and a piece of land. The family turned down the offer.

Suresh Manjhi, a resident of Moresand village in Samastipur district, was caught Tuesday evening when Subodh Singh spotted him in his field.

Manjhi’s family members said that Singh then locked Manjhi in a room and thrashed him.

“He died soon after being thrown at our doorstep Tuesday night,” a family member told IANS.

Subodh Singh later tried to persuade Manjhi’s family not to approach the police, and offered them Rs.75,000 and a some land in return.

“But the family approached us, and lodged a complaint. We will take action soon,” a police officer said.

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