The incident occured in Daulatpur village of Haryana's Uklana region where Rajesh, the Dalit man, worked as a contract labourer. Rajesh Kumar, 31, was on his way to neighbouring Daulatpur village on a tractor-trolley along with 14 others, when he felt thirsty and stopped to look for water.
Rajesh drank water from an earthen pot lying in a field. Rajender alias Pappu was also in the field.
After coming to know that Rajesh is from a Sechduled Caste, Pappu in a fit of anger allegedly attacked Rajesh with a sharp-edged weapon that left his hand dismembered.
The injured man was taken to a private hospital where he was operated upon.
The disjointed hand was re-joined, but doctors say the injuries sustained by Rajesh were deep and will take about three months to heal completely.