Poll fallout: Beaten up, Delhi University Dalit Student dies, Campus Casteism

NEW DELHI: Caste politics claimed the life of a Delhi University student on Wednesday. The victim, Akshay Prakash (19), son of a MCD employee, was beaten up by his classmates with hockey sticks and rods outside Satyawati Evening College at Ashok Vihar in northwest Delhi on September 27.

The boy lost consciousness and was rushed to Sunderlal Jain Hospital where he slipped into a coma. Doctors declared him dead on Wednesday morning. Akshay was a first-year BA student of the evening college.

The northwest district police have arrested the students’ union president of the college, Prashant Tyagi. “We arrested the college president three days ago. We had initially lodged a case of attempt to commit culpable homicide under IPC Section 308. Now, we have changed it to murder. We have evidence that Tyagi and three students beat up Akshay and his friend, Lalit Kumar. The three other accused are on the run but we will arrest them soon,” said N S Bundela, DCP (northwest).

According to the college principal, it was the recently-held college union election that started the friction between two groups of students. He, however, refused to elaborate. But a teacher in the college said: “One of groups is led by higher caste students. Akshay represented the Dalit community.The influence wielded by Dalits in the college angered Tyagi who attacked Lalit and Akshay on September 27. Lalit and Akshay both lost consciousness and was taken to hospital. But even as Lalit recovered, Akshay died. He had suffered an internal head injury after being hit with a hockey stick.”

The police said they have deployed personnel at the college, fearing a backlash. “The boy’s body was handed over to his parents after the postmortem at Bapu Jagjivan Ram Hospital. Though the college is closed, the area is still tense as the deceased was a local boy,” said an officer from the northwest district.

Meanwhile, the deceased’s relatives alleged that the student’s wing of a national party was trying to shield the accused. “Since we are poor, no one is interested in this case. Only a handful of students have stood by us,” said a relative.

Read more: Poll fallout: Beaten up, DU first-year student dies – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Poll-fallout-Beaten-up-DU-first-year-student-dies/articleshow/6702634.cms#ixzz11k9XPRyy


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