Dalit beaten to death in Punjab, NHRC sends notice

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 01, 2012 14:40 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday issued notice to Punjab Police over the death of a Dalit labourer who was severely beaten over plucking vegetables in Kapurthala district.

"The director general of police in Punjab and district magistrate of Kapurthala have been asked to submit reports within four weeks into the allegations that a Dalit man was beaten to death over plucking vegetables in district Kapurthala, Punjab," said a NHRC official.

According to recent media reports, Joginder Singh was thrashed by Amrik Singh when he saw him plucking vegetable from his field. Joginder Singh died as a result of the beating he received.

"The commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raises a serious issue of violation of human rights of the deceased," said the official.

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