In a horrifying incident in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district, the skin of a Dalit leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was peeled off by three men of the Gurjar community, police said on September 11.

Sardar Singh Jatav, 45, claimed that his skin was scalped because he was wearing a turban. The incident took place on September 3 in Mahoba village. The case was registered against three men under relevant sections of the IPC and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on September 11.

The three men called Jatav to the residence of Surendra Gurjar which is one of the accused in the case. They abused Jatav and then peeled off his scalp with a knife. “Jatav alleged in his statement that Gurjar and two others removed the skin of his head with a knife,” said Narwar police station in-charge Badam Singh Yadav.

Jatav is battling for his life as he was seriously injured in the attack and is undergoing a treatment in a hospital in Gwalior. He also alleged that police initially refused to accept Jatav’s complaint against the Gurjars.

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