A 60-year-old Dalit man was beaten to death by influential locals after his daughter-in-law threw garbage on a road that leads to the house of the accused in a Shahjahanpur village on Sunday.

However, instead of booking the three accused for murder, the police registered an FIR under sections 304 (culpable homicide) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. When contacted, police officials said that the postmortem revealed that the man, Sitaram, died of heart attack, a claim which the victim’s kin contested. They said he died on the spot due to beating by three men in Chamar Kalan village .

According to police, Sitaram’s daughter-in-law, Jamuka Devi, threw garbage on a road near the accused’s house. “It led to a fight, and the three accused—Ankit Yadav, Birbal Yadav and Vishwanath Yadav—allegedly attacked Sitaram and his kin. While the kin fled, Sitaram was beaten with lathis by the three men,” a senior police officer said. Sitaram collapsed on the spot. When an emergency Dial-100 vehicle took Sitaram to a hospital, he was declared brought dead.

Later, an FIR was registered at Madnapur Police station.