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[ZESTCaste] Dalits houses attacked in T Narsipur

Dalits houses attacked in T Narsipur

Posted on Apr 01, 2011 at 02:15am IST
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MYSORE: Tension gripped Halagudu village as two persons were injured,
four vehicles were set ablaze and more than ten houses belonging to
dalits were ransacked in a caste clash in T Narsipur taluk.More than
seven persons sustained injuries. One of the injured Nanjunda has been
shifted to hospital and the dalits fearing for life have stayed
indoor.It is said that a petty quarrel between a few youths belonging
to dalits and upper castes during the Devamma festival snowballed into
a clash at around 6 pm. The youths went on the rampage in Halagudu
village, which is dominated by upper caste Hindus, and damaged a
tractor, set fire to bikes and an autorickshaw beside the
MysoreCoimbatore National Highway. They also pelted stones at houses
belonging to dalits, damaged street lights and bikes. More than 100
dalit families had stayed away from the festival since 2003.Dalitha
Sangarsha Samithi leader Shivakumar accused the police of failing to
provide protection to dalit families. He said that the police did not
turn up even after repeated pleas.However, Additional SP Venaktaswamy,
and others rushed to spot with additional forces and stepped up vigil
in the village. Vehicular movement on Mysore-Kollegal road was
disrupted for some time as the miscreants attempted to attack the

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