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Dalit murder: remaining accused arrested; body cremated

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh/Mansa 

Police today said it has arrested all the six accused in the brutal of a 20- year-old Dalit youth, following which the victim's family cremated his body in Mansa.

Sukhchain Singh, who was allegedly involved in illicit liquor trade, was tortured to death and his leg chopped off by his rivals here on Monday night.

"We have arrested all the six accused for the of Sukhchain," Mansa SSP Mukhwinder Singh said today.

Three accused Balbir Singh, Singh, and Sadhu Singh were nabbed on October 12 while fourth Babrik Singh was taken into custody on October 13, police said.

Police said remaining two accused Amandeep Singh and Sita Singh were arrested today.

These six accused were charged with the of Sukhchain.

After all the accused were arrested, the family of Sukchain cremated the body, the SSP informed.

Yesterday Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in her tweet said, "The State will not allow the emergence of any gangs in the liquor trade & anyone indulging in any such activity should be arrested."

The brutal murder was a fallout of inter-gang rivalry and that the two groups had been involved in clashes in the past too, police had said.

and his friends were called by the other group on the pretext of settling a dispute on Monday.

"Then they attacked Sukhchain and his friends with sharp-edged weapons on Monday night. Though Sukhchain's friends managed to flee, the other group brutally killed Sukhchain with sharp-edged weapon," the SSP had said.

His body was recovered from the house of Balbir, one of the accused, police had said.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla today directed the Deputy Commissioner of Mansa to provide a monetary help of Rs 8.25 lakh to the victim's family.

The monetary help which is mandated under the Prevention of Atrocities Act will be disbursed in 2 equal installments, he said.

Half the money will be disbursed immediately while the remaining amount will be provided when the case is wrapped up, he said.

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First Published: Fri, October 14 2016. 22:22 IST