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Fact check: Dalit boy killed by upper caste men for praying in temple in Amroha? Here are the facts

Police has ruled out caste dispute as cause of murder. As per police, 3 men have already been arrested in the case. The police stated that both the parties were caught in a dispute of ₹ 5000 over land issues. Further investigation is on in this matter.

On Tuesday, social media was abuzz with the reports that a Dalit boy was allegedly killed by upper caste men for praying in a temple.

Soon, ‘Dalit Lives Matter’ hashtag was being used by the usual suspects. Film director Neeraj Ghaywan, too joined in. Some even brought in the false equivalence to Black Lives Matter movement in the US. Kashmir-based journalist Fahad Shah also questioned whether there will be a campaign over this.

Following the Pulwama terror attack, Shah had spread rumours on social media that some Kashmiri girls were ‘trapped’ inside in a hostel at Dolphin college in Dehradun, asking for help since there was a mob outside. Uttarakhand Police had then dispelled the rumours.

Soon it was picked up by mainstream media too.

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The reports quoted the victim’s father’s claims that the boy got into an altercation with some ‘upper caste’ youth in the village over entering the temple.

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The Wire, too, reported the story.

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However, that is not true. Amroha Police has clarified the above unfortunate incident had nothing to do with caste bias but it was an internal fight over a sum of Rs 5,000.

Police has ruled out caste dispute as cause of murder. As per police, 3 men have already been arrested in the case. The police stated that both the parties were caught in a dispute of ₹ 5000 over land issues. Further investigation is on in this matter.

Superintendent of Police, Amroha police station, Vipin Tada, also clarified that the dispute was over Rs 5,000.

The police officer said that the victim had partnership with the perpetrators of managing mango field and honeybee breeding. Over disputed money, the two groups fought. The youth then ran away from village but to avenge it had returned and killed the victim. The police has caught the suspect and further investigation is on.

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