Tuesday, June 14, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Village ostracises dalit for being a witness in murder case



Village ostracises dalit for being a witness in murder case
TNN | Jun 14, 2011, 12.49am IST

TIRUCHI: A Dalit was allegedly ostracized from his village near
Tiruchi for presenting himself as a witness in a murder case involving
a local DMK functionary. M Palaniandi, a DMK union secretary and key
accused in the murder of N Purushothaman, had allegedly threatened N
Karunanidhi of K K Nagar near Somarasanpettai to turn hostile in the
case. A villager went around drumming the `tandora,' announcing the
decision of the village bigwigs to ostracise Karunanidhi on Sunday.

Purushothaman, also a Dalit was hacked to death by a gang in 2007.
Palaniandi and his brothers were cited as key accused in the case and
were arrested. But he was granted bail nine days later, inviting
criticism from Madurai bench of Madras high court that ordered the
investigation be transferred to CB-CID. However, all the witnesses
began to turn hostile. Karunanidhi claimed that Palaniandi pressurised
him to turn hostile and as he declined to do so, the village
ostracised him.

On Monday, Karunanidhi submitted a petition to Collector Jayashree
Muralidharan alleging that few influential men in his village who
passed the diktat also threatened other villagers with similar fate if
they did not boycott him. Jayashree forwarded the petition to the
superintendent of police S Nizamuddin. Police said they had already
received the information about the alleged ostracism and were

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