Staff Reporter

MADURAI: A case has been filed against Murugan, Sub-Inspector of Chinnalapatti police station in Dindigul district, under the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 Section 3(1) (10) and under Section 323 of IPC on Monday following an alleged attack on Dalits, including a pregnant woman.

The attack by the SI and his team came after a clash between Dalits and caste Hindus following a wordy duel at Melakkottai village in Dindigul district on Sunday.

The SI has not been arrested so far.

Following the clash, elders belonging to both the castes arranged for a peace meeting but it was alleged that the Dalit elders were not treated respectfully by the caste Hindu youth. So the Dalit elders complained that they had no other choice but to take to legal action. This resulted in caste Hindu youth attacking the Dalits and the Dalits retaliating them.

The Dalits alleged that after the clash a police team, led by Murugan, SI, Chinnalapatti police station, had entered the Dalit area and started attacking A. Ganesan (28) and also attacked Muthulakshmi, a pregnant woman, who came to prevent the police from attacking him.

Muthulakshmi suffered injuries on her forehead and was admitted to the Dindigul Government Hospital.

Following a complaint given by Ganesan at the Chinnalapatti police station cases were filed against Mr. Murugan.

Cases were also filed against the Dalits by caste Hindus under Sections 147,148,294(b), 341,326,506(2) of Indian Penal Code.

Team members of Evidence, a non-governmental organisation based in Madurai, visited the village and conducted an enquiry.

A. Kathir, Executive Director, urged the State Government to arrest the SI and provide adequate compensation to the Dalits who were attacked.

He said that the case involving the SI should be handed over to the CB-CID. Complaints in this regard had been sent to the National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights Commission, he said.