Father of dalit man lynched in Alwar commited suicide after accusing cops of inaction

A 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 after he was unable 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.

Soon after the incident bystanders thrashed him and knocked him unconscious. He was first taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Delhi’s  Safdarjung Hospital where he died.

Police have denied that it was a case of lynching. Alwar SP Paris Deshmukh said there was no evidence to suggest he was lynched.

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.

Source : Various