- Second time in 4 days another Dalit teenager's body found in Bhiwadi
- Family says teenager was murdered, community members claim he killed self
- Family names 8 people, police file case; say investigating all angles
"Family members have claimed that unidentified persons burnt him alive after clashes that took place in Bhiwadi on March 3... preliminary investigation has indicated that the victim was not present on the spot of the clashes," said the Additional Superintendent of Police, Pushpendra Solanki.
Police have registered a murder case against eight people who have been named by Ajay's family but no one has been arrested so far, say police. The last rites of Ajay was performed amid heavy police presence in the area. Reports say local residents blocked roads in protest.
Ajay's elder brother, Hari Kishan, an auto driver, has told the police that the accused men picked up Ajay from a nearby shop and took him to a secluded place. "They beat him with sticks and bricks before tying his hands and feet and pouring petrol on him," alleged Hari Kishan.
Significantly, Ajay's body was found only four days after another Dalit teenager was beaten to death in the same locality of Bhiwadi.
Rajasthan ranks the third highest in number of atrocities against Dalits, as per the National Crime Records Bureau.
(With inputs from agencies)
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