Sunday, September 15, 2002

Dalit farmer asked to drink urine

MADURAI, Sept. 14. - A Dalit farm labourer was allegedly tortured and asked to drink urine following a dispute over land with a person at Kavundanpatti in Dindigul district last week.

The labourer, Sangan, later lodged an FIR with police. He said he was working in the estate of a certain Ashokan for the past 30 years. He was asked to get out of the estate recently. The estate owner had orally promised to sell 1.5 acre of land to Sangan and three of his brothers, and had deducted the land money in instalments from his wages.

But Ashokan had divided the land, which Sangan was occupying, into eleven plots and had sold them. While the buyers of ten of the plots had vacated the plots after dispute with Ashokan, one Kannan continued to occupy the eleventh plot and there were frequeent quarrels between Kannan and Sangan. He alleged that Kannan and six others took him to a lonely place on 7 September and beat him up. Later they asked him to drink urine.

Source: The Statesman, September 15, 2002

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