Two Dalit families banished for jumping into poll fray

Though a semblance of peace prevailed initially after the panchayat elections concluded in the Tirupati revenue division a couple of days ago, it caused unrest and led to bad blood among the residents of the villages.

Two Dalit families were banished from Kuntrapakam village of Tirupati rural mandal for jumping into the election fray, paying no heed to the orders of the upper caste members of the village.

E. Vasantha and her relative Dhanamma filed nominations as ward members for the panchayat’s seventh and sixth wards respectively, in spite of the warning reportedly given by Bujji Reddy and N. Bhaskar Reddy.

Feeling humiliated, the leaders were said to have prevailed upon the Dalit elders to boycott the two families from their hamlet. The two women lodged a complaint with Tiruchanur police.

In a similar incident, upper caste leaders of Ramireddigaripalle village in Chandragiri mandal clamped a ban on the movement of the members of Yadava community for voting for a particular party.

Similar incidents were reported from Kasipentla and Buchinaidupalle villages in the same constituency.

BJP State executive member and Andhra Pradesh Backward Classes Welfare Association general secretary Jally Madhusudhan called the act of banishing the Dalits from villages as ‘heinous’ and demanded the intervention of the police and revenue officials.

TDP, Congress cadres clash

Meanwhile, the cadres of Telugu Desam Party and Congress clashed at Pudipatla village in Chandragiri mandal late on Wednesday night, when the Congress supporters were rejoicing over the victory of their party candidate.

Situation under control

When the supporters mobilised mobs to ransack each other’s party offices, Deputy Superintendents of Police V. Narasimha Reddy (Tirupati East), S.K. Babu (Tirupati West) and B.H. Vimalakumari (Special Branch) rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control immediately.

  • Upper caste leaders in Ramireddigaripalle clamp a ban on Yadava community members

  • BC Welfare Association leader terms the act of banishing the Dalits ‘heinous’