Wednesday, July 6, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits lay siege to Panchayat office

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011
Dalits lay siege to Panchayat office

Staff Reporter

Tirupur: A group of Dalits in Kalipalayam village laid siege to
Panchayat office on Monday alleging they were not enumerated as
'Scheduled Castes' despite them possessing all documents to
substantiate their claim of belonging to the community.

They resorted to the agitation after their representation to the
district administration was not looked into "properly". K. Sundaresan,
panchayat member, said the discrepancy in enumeration was noticed
during the ward realignment process in 2010 in which each of the three
wards were bifurcated to form six wards.

"The data on the government gazette released in the ward bifurcation
process stated that only 59 Dalits are there in Kalipalayam village
against the actual figure of 900," he said.

In the Lok Sabha and the recent Assembly elections itself, more than
450 people from the community cast their votes, he added.


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