Jitendra Pal Meghwal, a COVID health assistant living in Barwa village of Bali tehsil of Pali district of Rajasthan, was murdered on Tuesday. According to the allegations of Jitendra Pal’s family, Jitendra Meghwal was killed for maintaining a good looking personality while being a Dalit. But the police have denied these allegations. Disclosing the matter, the police arrested Suraj Singh and Ramesh Singh, accused of murder, from Dudwa village of Pachpadra in Barmer district on Thursday.
According to media reports, Jitendra wrote on social media- “I am not rich but I am royal at heart”. The accused Suraj Singh was jealous of Jitendra and his style. This jealousy turned into hatred and he killed Jitendra by stabbing him on the back and chest with a knife. Sooraj was so jealous of Jitendra that he had come from Surat to kill him. Jitendra was better built and good looking than Suraj Singh, this made Suraj hate him even more.
After the murder, the family members of Jitendra Pal sat on a dharna. After much persuasion from the police-administration, his family agreed for the postmortem on Friday, January 17. The administration has assured to give a government job to the brother of the deceased, 50 lakh compensation to the victim’s family. The family members have also demanded to make a permanent police outpost in Barwa village.
MLA Pushpendra Singh Ranawat and MLA from Marwar Junction, Khushveer Singh raised this matter in the assembly regarding the murder. He demanded the early arrest of the accused, financial assistance to the victim’s family and government jobs to the family members. It was only after this, the police, showing readiness in the investigation of the case and arrested the accused.
While the family alleges that the deceased Jitendra Pal was killed because he kept long moustache and was well dressed, the police says its a case of old enmity and have denied these allegations.
According to the case registered with the police, the deceased Jitendra Pal was going from Bali to Barwa on Tuesday along with his friend and a COVID Health Assistant Harish Kumar. His friend was driving the motorbike. Two kilometers away from Bali, two youths who came on a bike from behind called for them to stop. As soon as Harish slowed down the bike, the young man coming from behind stabbed Jitendra on his back. Injured he fell down from the bike. After that, the young man made four stabbings in his stomach and chest with a knife. He died before reaching the hospital.
It is notable that the incidents of Dalit atrocities are almost a daily affair in Rajasthan. Most of these incidents involve Dalit grooms being killed for riding a horse on their wedding procession. This custom is considered a monopoly of the upper castes.