A class 11 student from the scheduled caste community was allegedly thrashed by his college senior after an argument over some issue, leading to a protest by members of the community, police said. Circle Officer Ram Mohan Sharma said the incident took place on Wednesday at an aided college at Bhokerhedi village under Bhopa police station in Muzaffarnagar.
Mr Sharma said the victim's father filed a police complaint alleging that his son received head injuries during the incident and that casteist slurs were hurled at him.
The officer said a case has been registered and the accused arrested.
The incident prompted a protest by scheduled caste members who demanded action against the accused.
The police officer said that the protesting crowd was dispersed. Additional personnel have been deployed as a precautionary measure, he said.
The college has rusticated both the student, the police said.