A 50-year-old Dalit farm worker was beaten to death for allegedly refusing to give a matchbox demanded by two men in order to light cigarettes in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district, NDTV reported.
The incident took place in Karod village of the aforementioned district. According to police, the victim, Lalji Ram Ahirwar, was resting on a platform in an agriculture field when the accused — Yash Yadav and Ankesh Yadav — thrashed him with sticks following an argument over the matchbox that the accused wanted to borrow from him.
“Yash Yadav and Ankesh Yadav attacked Lalji Ram Ahirwar with sticks for denying a matchbox. He got severely injured. He was admitted to Guna district hospital but died of his injuries,” additional Superintendent of Police, TS Baghel said.
The two men has been arrested on murder charges.
The state government has announced financial assistance of ₹ 8.25 lakhs to the family of the victim.