India, Aug. 14 -- Forty members of a caste panchayat in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer district have been booked after a Dalit man threatened to commit suicide alleging harassment over the last 15 years, police have said.

Ramgarh station house officer Ugamraj Soni said the panchs were booked after Bheraram Meghwal lodged a complaint with the police on August 10. Soni said Meghwal threatened to commit suicide if he was not given justice. He said an investigation is underway and all those found guilty will be arrested soon.

Meghwal, a resident of Ramgarh village, said the panchayat members had been extorting money and ostracising his family from time to time since 2004. He said the panchayat had been called in 2004 by his in-laws who had falsely a...