Dalit youth set on fire in Madhya Pradesh, dies (Lead)August 24th, 2008 - 12:49 am ICT by IANS
Bhopal, Aug 23 (IANS) A 24-year-old Dalit man who was set on fire in Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur district allegedly by a group of people including a leader from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), died late Saturday evening, police said. The incident occurred late Friday evening when a few people reached the victim, Anna Meher’s house around 10 p.m. They pulled him out of the house, poured kerosene and set him ablaze.
The police have registered a case against seven people - Sriram, Kishore, Vijay, Ravindra, Yogendra, Tukaram and Gajanan, who is a BJP leader.
“Earlier in the day Anna had a dispute with Gajanan Mahajan over some trivial issue. He received third degree burns,” Rakesh Khakha, Burhanpur city superintendent of police, told IANS on phone.
While Sriram, Vijay and Tukaram have been arrested, the police were looking for the other suspects.