Tuesday, October 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit candidate seeks protection to campaign



Dalit candidate seeks protection to campaign
TNN | Oct 11, 2011, 12.50PM IST

MADURAI: A dalit candidate in the fray for the post of panchayat
president of Vempathur, a village in Sivagangai district, filed a
petition in the Madurai bench of Madras high court seeking police
protection to him and his family in order to campaign for the local
body election.

M Murugan, the dalit contestant, who was elected president of
Vempathur village panchayat in 2006 local body polls, said
V.M.Samayamuthu, a non-dalit who was elected vice president did not
cooperate with him in running the panchayat administration and created
obstacles in implementing public works. Murugan claimed he had been
implicated in a murder case foisted by Samayamuthu so as to disqualify
him from contesting the upcoming poll. He was arrested in the said
case by the police at the instigation of non-dalits in the village.
After the incident, no dalit has been allowed to live peacefully in
village and non-dalits have damaged their houses besides setting fire
to his motorcycle. Meanwhile, he decided to fight the civic poll even
though he was in remand.

However, when his wife, relatives and supporters went to file the
nomination on his behalf, some relatives of the murdered went to the
village and harassed dalits living there. The petitioner also
contended that dalits in the village have been forced to leave their
homes. They are unable to enter the village and his supporters could
not conduct campaign for election, the petition said.

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