Tuesday, January 4, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits Attacked for Supporting BJP in ZP, TP Polls


Monday, January 03, 2011 3:24:04 AM (IST)

Gadag: Dalits Attacked for Supporting BJP in ZP, TP Polls


Gadag, Jan 3: A few Dalits of a colony at Benthur near here were
attacked by activists of a political party for allegedly supporting
BJP candidates in Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayat polls on
Saturday January 1 night.

A number of people were said to have been injured in the attack that
has left the residents of the dalit colony in fear.

The dalits gathered in front of the Durga temple in the village on
Sunday morning and demanded protection and punishment for their

Superintendent of Police Ravikumar Naik, DySP Suresh Masooti and
Circle Inspector S R Ujjanakoppa rushed to the spot and pacified the
residents. A police team is camping in the village.

A case has been registered at the Rural Police Station.

District in-charge minister C C Patil visited the spot and spoke to the victims.

Addressing a public meeting at the village, Patil said the attack on
dalits was politically motivated and promised the residents that
action would taken to ensure that such incidents would not recur.

Regardless of how any person voted, residents should live in harmony,
he said. The Constitution conferred the right to vote on every citizen
and no political party should make an attempt to take away that right.

Legislator Shylappa Bidaroor and City Municipal Corporation president
Shrikant Khatavate were present.

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