Wednesday, February 16, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Life still under threat, say P Pudur Dalits

Life still under threat, say P Pudur Dalits

R Gokul
Express News Service
First Published : 16 Feb 2011 03:11:24 AM IST

PARALI PUDHUR (DINDIGUL): Parali Pudhur near Natham in Dindigul
district, which came under the police control in the wake of caste
clashes in which houses of Dalit community were set ablaze and
ransacked on Sunday night , was still sombre and yet to recover from
the shock.

Over 100 men and children of Dalit community who took shelter on the
hills near the village on Sunday evening were yet to return home
fearing further attacks from the Mutharaiyar community. But around 25
women residents were only at Indira Colony expecting the help of the
district administration. The victims were highly frustrated over the
reluctance of the Collector to visit the area till Tuesday evening.

A Dalit woman said that the Collector visited their ransacked houses
later on Tuesday evening.

C Anand, who is still taking shelter on the hills along with others,
said, though police force was deployed in their village, they were
scared to return home as there was a possibility of attack from the
Mutharaiyar community. So the State government has to take stringent
action against the prime culprits who were not arrested so far to
ensure the safety of Dalits in the village.

A leader from Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi in Dindigul district
requesting anonymity said that the prime accused, Muthaiyan, was not
arrested so far as he was backed by an important person in DMK in

Superintendent of Police Saravanan, who headed the police team,
refuted such allegations and said the situation was under control. He
also raised hope that the prime accused would be apprehended.

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