PUDUKOTTAI, January 29, 2012
Dalit panchayat chief prevented from hoisting the tricolour
A. Kalaimani, a Dalit woman village panchayat president of Karu
Vadatheru village panchayat near Vadakadu, was allegedly prevented
from hoisting the tricolour on the Republic Day by a group of caste
The group belonging to the Kallar community, led by Kumar, son of
Rangammal, who is the vice-president of the village panchayat,
allegedly pushed aside Ms. Kalaimani when she was about to hoist the
national flag on the village panchayat office campus.
The village panchayat president told The Hindu on Saturday that she
planned to hoist the tricolour at three places – the village panchayat
office campus; Raja Kudiyiruppu, a residential colony; and the
panchayat union primary school at Kanniyankollai.
But, in view of the problem at the village panchayat office, she
allowed the group to hoist the flag at the school and cancelled her
programme at the residential colony.
She has lodged a complaint with the Vadakadu police and submitted
petitions to District Collector B. Maheswari and Superintendent of
Police R. Tamil Chandran.
Ms. Kalaimani said that she had alerted the police a week ago, seeking
protection for the smooth conduct of the celebrations. To her
surprise, no police personnel were deployed in time.
Police sources said that the matter was under investigation.
The district wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly
condemned the police for not registering a case against those who
prevented the Dalit president from hoisting the tricolour.
Led by M. Balasundaramurthy, union secretary of the CPI (M), they
staged a demonstration in front of the police station at Vadakadu
demanding immediate action. M. Chinnadurai, district secretary of the
party, was among those who participated.
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