Saturday, September 14, 2002

I was forced to drink urine: Dalit

Madurai, Sept 14: A Dalit farm labourer was allegedly tortured and asked to drink urine following a land dispute between him and a caste Hindu at Kavundanpatti, near Nilakottai, in Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul district, September 7.

According to a complaint lodged by Dalit labourer Sangan, who was working in the estate of 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 acres to Sangan and three of his brothers, and had deducted the money in instalments from the wages to be paid to Sangan for the past 30 years. Sangan and his brothers were occupying the land.

The complaint said Ashokan had divided the land, which Sangan was occupying, into 11 plots and had sold them. While the buyers of 10 of the plots had vacated the plots after a dispute with Ashokan, Kannan continued to occupy the 11th plot and there were frequent quarrels between Kannan and Sangan.

Sangan alleged that Kannan and six others took him to a lonely spot on September 7 and beat him up. Later, they asked him to drink urine, Sangan said.

Police said they were investigating the case. They said there was no documentary evidence for the sale of land to Sangan.

Source: ChennaiOnline News Service / Press Trust of India, September 14, 2002

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