By Devaraj B Hirehalli
30 Jun 2010 05:10:23 AM IST
Dalit woman stoned to death; 10 held
TUMKUR: The police arrested ten people, including three women, for
stoning a Dalit woman to death in Gopalapura village in Tumkur on
An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) has been suspended for dereliction of duty.
On Monday evening, a gang of around 40 people surrounded the victim,
Honnamma, pushed her into a drain and dropped stone slabs on her,
The group, led by Chowlakatte gram panchayat president (JD-S)
Ranganatha and his wife Manjula, was leaving the spot thinking
Honnamma was dead, when the severely injured woman dragged herself out
of the drain and begged for water.
However, the assailants came back and dragged her to a dunghill and
stoned her to death with boulders, police said. The grouse against
Honnamma was fuelled by her rude domineering behaviour, but the murder
was politically motivated too, a BJP leader said.
While ASI Krishna Naika, attached to the Handanakere station, has
already been suspended, similar action may be initiated against ASI
Gangadharappa, said Chikkanayakanahalli Circle Inspector Ravi Prasad.
BJP leader Kiran Kumar has alleged that Naika instigated the accused
against Honnamma, Superintendent of Police P S Harsha said.
On the morning of her death, Honnamma had an altercation with her
assailants and the police took her opponents' side, Kumar said. He
said that Honnamma approached him saying that her life was in danger
and that, in spite of being informed of an impending attack, the
police withdrew security from the village early.
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