Gujarat: Dalit man kidnapped, stabbed to death ‘for refusing to drive rickshaw’
A Dalit man was allegedly kidnapped and stabbed to death by five persons for refusing to drive a Chhakdo rickshaw for a relative of one of the accused at Matalpar village of Jesar taluka in Bhavnagar district, police said on Friday. Four men have been arrested in the matter so far, police added. Suresh Rathod (22) drove a Chhakdo rickshaw for one Niko, the uncle of one of the accused Gobar Bhaliya, a police complaint submitted by the victim’s father Haribhai claimed. The complainant claimed that Suresh had recently refused to drive the vehicle and this had irritated three of the accused - Mukesh Bhaliya, Himmat Chudasama and Gobar. The three men belong to the Koli community, classified as Other Backward Caste (OBC) and positioned above the Dalits in the social hierarchy in Gujarat.