Three people have been arrested after a Dailt man, 23, died of injuries on Sunday, days after he was allegedly thrashed by a group of men for sitting and eating in front of them at a wedding function in Uttarakhand.
"Three of the seven people have been arrested and a case has been registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act," said Ashok Kumar, senior law and order official.
Jeetendra, a Dalit, was beaten up by the upper caste men who lost their temper as they found him eating in front of them "despite being from a lower caste", senior police officer Uttam Singh Jimwal told news agency PTI.
The incident took place on April 26 at a wedding reception in Shrikot village of Tehri district.
The man was critically injured and died at a hospital in Dehradun after nine days of treatment, the police official said.
In a complaint filed by Jeetendra's sister, a case was registered against seven people -- Gajendra Singh, Soban Singh, Kushal Singh, Gabbar Singh, Gambhir Singh, Harbir Singh and Hukum Singh -- under the SC/ST Act.
His post-mortem report is awaited.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)