Friday, August 15, 2003

Woman sarpanch assaulted in Orissa

KENDRAPARA: A Dalit woman sarpanch, who was reportedly stripped by some persons at Batira village, about 40 km from here last June, was assaulted again on Wednesday, police said here on Friday.

Niyati Behera of the opposition Orissa Gana Parishad was injured following the attack and taken to a hospital, they said.

Police said the incident was a sequel to a long-standing family feud.

Cases had been registered under various sections of the IPC against six persons on the basis of the claim of the sarpanch following the incident. Police arrested one person in this connection.

Incidentally, the same person had been arrested earlier following the stripping incident and was out on bail.

Source: Keralanext.com, August 15, 2003

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