A 22-year-old migrant worker who had returned from Gurgaon to his native place in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh died by suicide in a school campus where he was quarantined. Two purported audio clips recorded by Roshan Lal, a Dalit, suggest that he was beaten up by a constable in public for defying the quarantine guidelines, prompting him to end his life.
According to the Indian Express, Roshan Lal claims in the audio clips, which went viral on social media, that the thrashing caused severe injuries to him. He belonged to the Pipariya village under Maigalganj police station area of the district. The newspaper reported that his family members and other residents of the village staged a protest and refused to cremate the body until a case is lodged against the constable who allegedly thrashed Lal.
Lal worked as an electrician in Gurgaon and had returned to his village on March 29. In accordance with the procedure, he was quarantined by village officials in a school campus.
According to the Indian Express, in one of the audio clips, Lal says he had exited the quarantine centre after getting a call from his sister-in-law, asking him to get some grains ground. “After that, a constable named Anoop came there and asked if I am Roshan. I said yes. He beat me up severely. My right hand is not working. Then he made me speak to the chowki in-charge. I asked him to help me get treated. He did not help me.” In the clip, Lal says that his trousers are stained in blood, which he says happened during the thrashing by the constable. “I don’t want to live now. Action should be taken against constable Anoop Kumar Singh. Because of him, I am killing myself,” he says.
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