A Scheduled Caste leader from a village in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri district is battling for life after his scalp was allegedly ripped off with a knife by three men of the Gurjar community, police said Tuesday.
Sardar Singh Jatav, 45, a Bahujan Samaj Party worker, was scalped because he was wearing a turban, the party has alleged.
The incident took place on September 3 in Mahoba village, police said.
Police registered a case against three persons on Tuesday and is investigating the matter, an official said.
The three men allegedly called Jatav to the residence of Surendra Gurjar, one of those accused, on some pretext. They abused him and then peeled off his scalp using a knife, the official said.
"Jatav alleged in his statement that Gurjar and two others removed the skin of his head with a knife," police said.
Jatav was seriously injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Gwalior, he said.
No arrests have been made so far and efforts are on to trace the accused, police added.
A case of attempt to murder was registered against the three men under relevant sections of the IPC and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, he said.
Shivpuri district BSP president Dayashankar Gautam claimed on Monday that Jatav was attacked for "wearing a turban".
He claimed the accused tied up Jatav, who always wore a blue turban, after he reached Gurjar's residence and thrashed him. They took objection to Jatav wearing the turban.
Gautam claimed that the accused allowed Jatav to go after a while.
He alleged that the police initially refused to accept Jatav's complaint against the Gurjars.
A delegation of the BSP submitted a memorandum to Shivpuri superintendent of police on Monday.