Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Village tense over cremation row

Village tense over cremation row
TNN | Aug 24, 2011, 05.39AM IST

VUYYUR: Tension prevailed in Akunur in Vuyyur mandal of Krishna
district on Tuesday following a dispute between dalits and other
communities over shifting of bodies to the cremation ground in the
village. Senior officials, including the revenue divisional officer
and local DSP, failed in pacifying the warring groups resulting in
deployment of a huge police force in the village.

Trouble started about a fortnight ago when dalits prevented the
funeral procession of a woman belonging to an upper caste. The dalits
blocked the road and entered into a verbal duel with the upper caste
people. The angry villagers later cremated the body of Velagapudi
Lakshmi on the national highway. A police outpost was set up in the
village in view of the volatile situation.

Dalits prevented another funeral procession of a 70-year-old woman, A
Ravamma, who belonged to an upper caste, on August 18. The dalits
refused to allow the upper caste people to cremate the body at
cremation ground, forcing them to conduct the funeral on the road.

A woman from Madiga community, Koraganti, 70, died on Monday and the
family members tried to take the body to the burial ground via
Malapalle, which too was blocked by the Malas. Her family members of
Koteswaramma could not conduct the final rites on the road. Police
came in large numbers to prevent a clash between the two communities.

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