The Gujarat Police on Saturday claimed that the Dalit youth who was killed in Bhavnagar district late Thursday allegedly for preserving a horse used to harass native ladies and the villagers had been offended along with his actions.
District Superintendent of Police Pravin Mal instructed reporters that preliminary investigations had revealed that 21-year-old Pradeep Rathod may not have been killed as a result of he was a Dalit and the upper castes had objections over his utilizing and preserving a horse.
Police had already detained three individuals within the case.
“The preliminary investigations reveal that the boy was not killed only for proudly owning the horse as has been alleged within the FIR lodged. As an alternative, we now have come throughout a whole lot of complaints about objectionable behaviour of the boy from numerous quarters and maybe some individuals might have killed him for that,” he mentioned, including: “We try to establish the true cause and nab the culprits.”
Rathod from Timbi village, which is an hour’s drive from Bhavnagar, was discovered lifeless on the streets of the village late on Thursday.
In his police grievance, his father Kalubhai Rathod alleged that Pradeep had obtained threats from members of higher castes within the village after shopping for a horse couple of months in the past. He had alleged that his son was killed for the exact same cause.
Police mentioned that in their investigations, that they had obtained complaints towards the character of the boy. “Some villagers complained that the boy would carry out stunts on the horse and on motorbike at any time when he confronted younger ladies. He additionally used to enter into fights,” Pravin Mal mentioned.
Police mentioned that they’ve additionally come throughout a number of complaints towards Pradeep’s father for being concerned in numerous incidents of land grabbing prior to now.
Mal mentioned the police had been but to determine and nab the culprits who killed Pradeep and as for the three individuals picked up by them on Friday, they had been detained for mere questioning. 4 police groups had been constituted additional examine the matter and nab the culprits within the case.
In the meantime, Pradeep’s household on Saturday carried out his final rites.