Pachery's Dalits to boycott civic polls

Police failure to arrest remaining accused in murder of Dalit boy

Updated - August 02, 2016 03:51 pm IST

Published - October 04, 2011 09:09 am IST - RAMANATHAPURAM:

The residents — all Dalits — of Pachery village, part of the Mandalamanickam panchayat, where a boy was murdered allegedly by a group of caste Hindus recently, have decided to boycott the local body elections.

They have cited police failure to arrest the remaining accused (other than the five already arrested) in the murder case and denial of access to a road by caste Hindus.

The decision comes amid allegations that the president and vice-president of the panchayat have been ‘selected' through ‘auctioneering' at a price of Rs.15 lakh.

Though two ward members can be elected from Pachery village, part of the Mandalamanickam panchayat, no nominations have been filed. The process is over and there will be no representation from the village in the panchayat.

The boycott decision was taken at a ‘village meeting' held at Pachery recently, to protest continuous “harassment and torture” by caste Hindus and failure of the government in addressing their grievances.

Though the Mandalamanickam panchayat, which has eight villages (hamlets) under its jurisdiction, has been categorised as reserved, the Dalits of Pachery allege that the caste Hindus have been following illegal and undemocratic methods of selecting a ‘puppet' candidate from another Dalit community, which has very few in numbers in the entire panchayat.

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