Bhavnagar (Gujarat) [India], April .1 (ANI): A 21-year-old Dalit man was allegedly murdered in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district for keeping a horse, but according to the Gujarat Police, they found no such evidence.
Talking to media, Pravin Mal, Bhavnagar Superintendent of Police (SP), said that the attack might have stemmed from a personal conflict.
"No evidence found in primary investigation which proves he was killed for keeping a horse. There could have been some personal conflicts which may have led to his murder. Further investigation underway," he said.
The deceased, identified as Pradeep Rathod, was objected and threatened by some of his co-villagers to not ride the horse a few days back.
"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," Kalubhai added.
Meanwhile, the 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 sent to Bhavnagar Civil Hospital for post-mortem, the police added. (ANI)