Orissa | Posted on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:04pm IST
Defeated candidate sets houses of Dalits afire
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
CHENKANAL: Tension ran high in Kamadhenukote village under Dhirpatna
gram panchayat, 27 km from here, on Sunday, after houses of some
villagers were gutted. After the counting was done on Saturday
evening, it was revealed that sarpanch candidate Manorama Pradhan had
reportedly defeated her rival Pratap Swain by 24 votes.
�Following this, Pratap with his supporters reached the village on
Sunday morning and allegedly set afire 29 rooms of 19 families, mostly
belonging to Scheduled Caste. Besides, they poisoned the village and
felled some trees. Sources said while many villagers were beaten up by
Pratap's supporters, some villagers had to flee apprehending attack.
Receiving information, a team of revenue, police and administration
officials led by ADM Babaji Charan Das reached the spot.
While four platoons of police force have been deployed in the village,
five complaints have been registered against Pratap who was absconding
till the last reports came in. One person has been detained, said
Manas Gadnayak, IIC of Dhenkanal Sadar police station. The ADM said
that Rs 10,000 each had been released for victim families. Cooked food
will be provided to all the victims for three days.
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