Saturday, August 16, 2003

Dalit panchayat chief hit with chappal for hoisting flag

MADURAI AUG. 15. A Dalit panchayat president, who hoisted the national flag today, was allegedly "beaten with chappals" and his wife assaulted by a group near Tiruppuvanam in Sivaganga district.

Braving opposition from a section of the villagers, the two-time Sottathatti panchayat president, K. Raju (50), unfurled the tricolour in a local school. And, even as he was presiding over a `gram sabha' meeting, a group assembled in front of the panchayat office in an agitated mood.

Soon after the meeting, K. Subbiah (45) and S. Muthu (50) of the village, confronted Mr. Raju and his wife, Meena (40), abusing them on caste lines. Even as Mr. Raju tried to explain, they beat him up with chappals. His wife was also attacked when she tried to intervene. The accused then threatened the couple with dire consequences and left the scene, police sources said.

An injured Ms. Meena was rushed to the Tiruppuvanam Government hospital.

Mr. Raju lodged a complaint with the Tiruppuvanam police.

Source: The Hindu, August 16, 2003

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