Two Dalit children were allegedly beaten to death for defecating in front of the Panchayat Bhavan in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district on Wednesday.
The Shivpuri police have arrested brothers, Hakim Singh Yadav and Rameshwar Yadav who allegedly hit the children mercilessly on their head with lathis and killed them, confirmed Shivpuri Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Singh Chandel.
Shivpuri police have registered a case under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
The incident took place in Bhavkedhi village in the morning. The two children, Roshni (12) and Avinash (10) were on the way to their grandparents’ house when they stopped near the Panchayat Building to defecate. The duo, Hakim Singh Yadav and Rameshwar Yadav, then attacked the children with lathis. The children who suffered serious injuries in the incident were rushed to the district hospital where doctors declared them dead.
Locals of the village informed the police that Hakim, one of the accused, would get “unnecessarily hyper” over petty issues and had undergone treatment for mental illness in the past.
The bodies of the deceased were taken to a hospital for post-mortem.