Rajkot: the phase of intolerance seems to takeover once again. In an obdurate event of brutal murder, Mukesh Vania 35-year-old man was callously beaten to death by five workers of an industrial unit in Shapar-Veraval adjoining the Rajkot city on Sunday.
Accused of being a thief
Mukesh Vania, the man who was beaten to death, was suspected of being a thief. He was picking garbage with his wife near the Industries. The footage of the incident went viral on social media sites.
In the video, it can be seen that the man was tied and was mercilessly thrashed with belts. He later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Jignesh Mewani tweets
Jignesh Mewani tweeted the video of Mukesh being mercilessly thrashed while being tied to a wall. The man in the video is being described to be a Dalit man, who reportedly succumbed to his injuries later.
'Mr. Mukesh Vaniya belonging to a scheduled caste was miserably thrashed and murdered by factory owners in Rajkot and his wife was brutally beaten up'.#GujaratIsNotSafe4Dalit pic.twitter.com/ffJfn7rNSc
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) May 20, 2018
The history of atrocities against Dalit in Gujarat
Gujarat, which is governed by the BJP, has had a history of atrocities against Dalits in the state. In August 2016, a mob of right-wing terrorists masquerading as “gau rakshaks” had beat up two Dalits in East Godavari district after they skinned a cow which had died due to electrocution. The incident had taken place at Janakipeta in Amalapuram town of the district in Andhra Pradesh.
According to police, after the cow died following electrocution, its owner, a farmer, engaged the two Dalits, who were brothers, for skinning the animal before it was buried last night. The video of two Dalits being publicly flagged had gone viral prompting angry protests by the community across the state. The agitation had given birth to a youth leader in Mevani, who led the Dalit agitation across the state. He subsequently contested the assembly elections in December last year and won.
Last month, as many as 45 members of Dalit families in Una were reported to have embraced Buddhism.