Monday, October 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] CPM claims non-dalits in Keeripatti Social boycott alleged in Keeripatti threatening villagers

CPM claims non-dalits in Keeripatti Social boycott alleged in
Keeripatti threatening villagers
M T Saju, TNN | Oct 17, 2011, 05.35AM IST

MADURAI: A day after the campaigning for the local body elections
ended, local CPM leaders have alleged that a fresh village committee
(oorkoottam) that was called on Friday threatened the villagers in
Keeripatti not to cast their votes to anyone other than Mookakalai,
the dalit dummy of the non-dalits. in Keeripatti.

"The meeting was called by six senior non-dalit members in the village
on Friday. They threatened the villagers of ostracism if they vote for
anyone other than Mookakalai," said Tha Chellakannu, CPM district
leader in Usilampatti.

Keeripatti, Pappapatti and Nattarmangalam are the three reserved
panchayats in the

Madurai district. "Among the three panchayts, only Keeripatti is
having problems because of

the Thevar community domination is high in the village. They don't
want others to take control. So they try their level

best to defeat the dalit candidate Baluchamy," he said. Although a
complaint was filed in this regard, no action has been taken so far.

"Two policemen came, visited the spot and left. In fact, we informed
the police well in advance when the meeting was going to be called.
But they came late and claimed that nothing of that sort happened,"
said Chellakannu.

However, talking to the

TOI, Madurai Rural SP Asra Garg said the police had already sent
additional forces to the sensitive villages where election to the
local bodies are to be held on October 17.

"Whenever we received any complaint from the people in Keeripatti, we
have taken action. And the same will continue to make the election a
democratic exercise. We have already sent special forces to Keeripatti
to make sure no untoward incident happens tomorrow (Monday)," he said.

Garg also added that all necessary steps have been taken to make
people cast their votes freely and fearlessly. There are 109 dalit
families and 570 non-dalit families in Keeripatti. The total number of
voters is 1150 among which the majority are non-dalits.

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