A 35-year-old Dalit man was allegedly beheaded by a primary school teacher in Uttarakhand for “using a flour mill and making it impure”, a news agency has reported.
The incident occurred on Tuesday evening in Kadaria village of Bageshwar bordering Pithoragarh. The victim, Sohan, had gone to a flour mill owned by the school teacher, Kundan Kumar Singh, to take back his wheat flour, the SP said.
Officials said Singh was arrested and is being held at the Almora jail. The accused has been charged with murder under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act.
When Singh, who teaches at a primary school in a neighbouring village, saw Sohan at the flour mill, he made an insulting remark on his caste, saying the flour mill had been “rendered impure” by him. As Sohan protested, Singh attacked him with a sickle on the neck in a fit of rage, beheading him.
According to villagers, both Dalits and upper castes had been using the mill. But in view of the ongoing Navratri festival, the upper castes had issued a diktat to the Dalit families to use the mill only after flour has been prepared for offering to deities.