Dalit boy killed in India for riding a horse

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NEW DELHI - A 21-year-old Dalit man in Gujarat was killed because he rode a horse. The incident took place in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district.

The deceased has been identified as Pradeep Rathod. He was killed on Thursday.

Rathod's father got him the horse last month.

Many of the villagers objected to him riding it and threatened him not to do so.

Following the incident, police have arrested three accused on Friday night.

"Pradeep had intended to sell the horse following the threats but I had convinced him of not doing so. When he did not return home till late yesterday night, we got worried and started looking for him. We found him lying dead on the road leading to our farm," victim`s father Kalubhai Rathod told ANI.

"The horse was also lying dead at a little distance," father added.

Meanwhile, police said, "Three suspects have been detained from a nearby village regarding this matter. Also, we have sought the help of the Bhavnagar Crime Branch for further investigations".

Pradeep's body has been shifted to Bhavnagar Civil Hospital for post-mortem, the police added.

New Delhi