Villagers accuse the family members of practising black magic
A fisherman family has been socially boycotted for over six months now, allegedly at the behest of upper caste people, at Gundayipalem in Ongole mandal of Prakasam district.
Taking up their cause, CPI (M) frontal organisations- All India Agricultural Workers’ Union and Kula Vivaksha Porata Samithi- have urged the district administration to intervene and pave the way for the return of the family to the village.
Trouble started after the wife of an upper caste community member, who had taken a loan of Rs. 20,000 from the fisherman, died six months ago, AIAWU district secretary P. Hanumantha Rao told the reporters here on Tuesday.
The fisherman’s family was accused of practicing black magic and held responsible for the death of the woman, KVPS district secretary A. Malyadri said.
The enterprising family had been getting a good catch of fish from the sea and this was the root cause of all the troubles faced by the family, Mr. Hanumantha Rao maintained.
“We have been running from pillar to post and praying for intervention by local revenue and police officials without any positive results so far,” lamented Subba Rao, who owns two boats and had been providing jobs to 12 fishermen in the village earlier.
“We are not allowed to board the auto trolley to move fish to the market,” said Mr. Rao along with his wife Krishnakumari.
“Six other families had been socially boycotted for talking to us for some days before they fell in line with the diktat of the upper caste people,” added Rao’s first son Venkata Rao along with his wife Bhagyalakshmi.
“We seek the intervention of the district administration to get back to our homes in our village and eke out a living,” said Rao’s daughter Sarojini along with her husband Brahmanandam.
“We are denied groceries by shop owners,” complained Rao’s second son Nagaraju.