Jhansi: A drunk allegedly killed a 90-year-old dalit in a village in UP's Hamirpur district on Wednesday after the latter refused to part with his money. Accused Sanjay Tiwari later set the body on fire.

On Friday, Hamirpur police said the killing took place in Bilgaon village when Khimma Ahirwar was going to a temple. He was accompanied by his wife, Basanti, and a relative.

On the way, they encountered a drunken Tiwari, who demanded money from Ahirwar. When Ahirwar refused, the accused attacked him with an axe.

Basanti and the relative fled from the spot. After Ahirwar died, Tiwari burned the body. Alerted by Basanti, villagers went to the crime scene, overpowered Tiwari and handed him over to the police.

The police denied an earlier report that Ahirwar was killed because he was entering a temple. They lodged an FIR against Tiwari and three of his associates under the IPC and SC/ST Act. "The accused was under the influence of alcohol at the time he committed the crime," Hamirpur SP Muniraj G told TOI. "We've arrested him and are further investigating the matter."

Courtesy Times of India