Tamil Nadu | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 09:17am IST
Dalit candidate alleges attack by SI
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
MADURAI: Tension gripped the caste-sensitive Keerippatti in
Chellampatti union in Madurai in the wake of the alleged attack on a
Dalit candidate by a Sub-Inspector, here on Wednesday.
N Subban, one of six Dalit candidates in the fray for the post of
panchayat president, told Express that he was standing 200 metres away
from a booth for Keeripatti voters when SI Murugesan on duty had
allegedly beat him up and chased the voters away. Subban had fainted
after the attack.
As the news spread across the village, around 200 supporters of N
Subban and A Subban, another candidate, gathered in front of the booth
protesting against the SI. They demanded that the officials should
take action against the SI before going ahead with the election. The
efforts of a police team to pacify the villagers went in vain.
DSP D Kumar, who also failed to convince them, asked them to give a
petition against the SI.
Meanwhile, some of the villagers, including the candidates, tried to
barge into the booth to stop the election. Enraged, the police then
chased them away from the booth.
On information, SP Asra Garg rushed to the spot. He shifted the SI to
another booth and assured of action against him.
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