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Nagpur: LPG agency owner, 2 others booked for Dalit activist's suicide

PTI | Updated on: Monday, June 08, 2020, 07:24 PM IST

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Nagpur: Days after social activist Arvind Bansod allegedly committed suicide here in Maharashtra, police have slapped abetment charges against an LPG agency owner and two others, an official said on Monday.

The police action came after a row erupted over the issue with local Dalit leaders demanding a thorough probe into the matter.

The police last week filed a case against LPG agency owner Mithilesh alias Mayur Bandopant Umarkar and his two friends under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide), the official said.

Bansod (32), a local social activist and Dalit, was a resident of Pimpaldhara village under Narkhed tehsil of Nagpur district, he said.

On May 27, Bansod and his friend Gajanan Raut, travelling on a motorcycle, stopped near the gas agency and started clicking pictures of the outlet, he said.

Umarkar and his two friends objected to the duo taking pictures and they allegedly slapped and abused Bansod, he said.

Bansod asked Raut to go and get petrol filled in the motorbike. In the meantime, the social activist went to a nearby shop from where he purchased pesticides and consumed it, the official said.

When Raut returned to the spot, he found Bansod lying on the ground. Bansod was later admitted to a hospital where he died on May 29, he said.

Based on a complaint by the deceased's brother, the police filed the abetment of suicide case against the trio, the officer said.

No arrest has been made so far, he said, adding Umarkar has obtained anticipatory bail from the local court.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Rakesh Ola said statements of the victim's relatives and owner of the shop from where Bansod had purchased pesticides have been recorded.

We are investigating the case from all angles, he said.

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Published on: Monday, June 08, 2020, 07:24 PM IST