New Delhi: A 45-year-old Dalit village pradhan was beaten to death in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district on Monday evening. Seven people, all neighbours and relatives of the pradhan Janak Dhari Ranjan, have been arrested, the Indian Express reported.
Ranjan was the pradhan of Semardari village.
Ranjan’s brother-in-law, 30-year-old Mithilesh Kumar, also sustained injuries in the clashes on Monday evening and is currently being treated in a hospital, the newspaper said.
According to the police, an altercation took place over the two victims giving way to the accused’s vehicle.
“Police said that a consignment of tiles was being unloaded from a vehicle at the village Panchayat Bhawan in the presence of Ranjan and Mithlesh on Monday evening when a Bolero, carrying the accused, sought passage to go ahead. After the pradhan refused to move the vehicle, saying that they will have to wait till the tiles are unloaded, the accused entered into and an argument with the pradhan, which soon turned violent,” the report says.
Pradhan was declared dead when he was taken to the hospital after the incident.