Dalit activist killed in UP shooting

    Pankaj Sharma
    November29/ 2022

    Moradabad (The Hawk): In the Thakurdwara neighbourhood of Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district, a 30-year-old Dalit activist was allegedly shot dead on the orders of a local history sheeter who saw him as a danger to his illicit activities. Hemraj Meena, SSP (Moradabad), said: "On the orders of history-sheeter Atul Sharma Pandit and his assistant Golu, one Bilal shot Vishal Valmiki. In response to the victim's family's complaint, a FIR has been filed. The offender must be taken into custody by one of five squads." Atul Sharma, Bilal, and Golu have been charged with violating the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989 as well as IPC sections 302 (murder) and 120b (criminal conspiracy). Mukesh Valmiki, Vishal's father, said: "My son was becoming increasingly well-liked among young people from various communities after recently joining a right-wing group. Sharma was unable to comprehend the popularity of a Dalit." Local sanitation workers have made the decision to strike starting on Tuesday in protest of the killing. Arpit Kapoor, a Thakurdwara circle officer who is looking into the issue, said: "After the murder, the mood is tense in this place. We are working to have all of the accused individuals listed in the case arrested as soon as ...

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