Monday, January 23, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Thirty dalit houses torched in Odisha

Thirty dalit houses torched in Odisha
PTI | 07:01 PM,Jan 23,2012

Bolangir (Odisha), Jan 23 (PTI) Over thirty thatched houses belonging
to dalits were set afire allegedly by upper caste people at Lathore in
Bolangir district, police said today. The arson followed a clash
between two dalit youths and as many youths of an upper caste family
over an incident of theft of a shirt from a cloth store allegedly by a
poor dalit boy yesterday, Director General of Police Manomohan
Praharaj said. About 50 people set fire to the houses after driving
out women and children. They even blocked roads to prevent entry of
fire tenders to the area. "They attacked the fire tenders and damaged
machinery and water pipes while preventing fire brigade personnel to
douse the fire. Even the police personnel were not allowed to go
inside when the houses were burning," Additional Superintendent of
Police, Srikant Mishra said. Terming the incident as "tragic", Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik said more than forty people were arrested and
the victims were provided relief at temporary camps. "Appropriate
action will be taken against the culprits involved in setting fire to
dalit houses," he said. About 120 policemen were deployed at Lathore
village. Police were also deployed at the relief camps housing dalits,
Praharaj said. MORE

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