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Jan 31, 2013 at 12:43pm IST

Maharashtra: 3 Dalit youths found murdered, mutilated; activists suspect honour killing

Mumbai: The bodies of three Dalit youth from the Mehtar community were found in a mutilated condition in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra in what activists claim is a case of honour killing. Sachin Dharu, who was in a relationship with an upper caste girl, was found dead along with two of his friends.

Sachin's family claims that Dharu and his friends were allegedly killed by the girl's family. The bodies were found with their limbs chopped.

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The police have arrested five members of the girl's family. The killings that happened last month have come to light now. Reacting to the incident RPI leader Ramdas Athawale said, "This is a serious incident, Ujjwal Nikkam should be the advocate on this matter, there should be a cell looking into Dalit atrocities."

This comes amids rising incidents of crimes against Dalits in the country. Earlier this wee, a newly married Dalit couple was allegedly beaten up by a mob in Satara in Maharashtra with the attempt to kill them. The attackers were accused of killing the couple's relative and are allegedly close associates of local Congress MLA Jaya Kumar Gore.

The couple survived, but political pressure was allegedly being applied on hospital authorities to change their medical report. Police were also reportedly reluctant to file an FIR.

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