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Blind Father of Dalit Man Allegedly Lynched in Alwar Last Month Commits Suicide After Accusing Cops of Inaction

In his last moments, Rattiram Jatav accused the police of shielding the killers of his son, relatives said.


Updated:August 16, 2019, 12:03 PM IST
Blind Father of Dalit Man Allegedly Lynched in Alwar Last Month Commits Suicide After Accusing Cops of Inaction
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New Delhi: The blind father of a Dalit man, who was beaten to death by a mob in Rajasthan’s Alwar city last month, committed suicide on Thursday evening, allegedly disappointed at not being able to secure justice for his son.

Rattiram Jatav's relatives said he consumed poison as he was upset with the police for “trying to suppress the investigation” into his son Harish Jatav’s death. They said that even in his final moments, Rattiram accused the police of shielding the accused.

Alwar police said Rattiram was brought dead to the hospital and an investigation is underway.

The 28-year-old Harish Jatav was beaten to death in Alwar after his motorcycle hit a woman on July 16. He was admitted to a hospital in New Delhi but had succumbed to his injuries after two days.

The police said the accident took place on the Bhiwandi-Chopkani road after which angry residents thrashed him and knocked him unconscious. The profusely bleeding youth was first taken to a local hospital, after which he was transferred to the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, where he died.

Police, however, had denied that it was a case of lynching. Alwar SP Paris Deshmukh said there was no evidence to suggest he was lynched. “We cannot call it a case of mob lynching until a detailed postmortem report is prepared by the doctors,” he had said at the time.

Harish Jatav’s family had in a police complaint alleged that one Umar Sher and his aides had beaten him up, but a counter-FIR was also registered by the accident victim's husband, who alleged that the 28-year-old, a truck driver, was drunk driving. The 28-year-old is survived by his wife and four daughters.

The suicide of the despairing father comes just two days after all six accused for the lynching of Pehlu Khan walked free after a district court gave them the "benefit of doubt", despite the assault being captured on camera and the video of it going viral.

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