TAMIL NADU

Fast enters 250th day

resolute: Residents observing a fast at Iruvappapuram in Tuticorin district on Saturday.

resolute: Residents observing a fast at Iruvappapuram in Tuticorin district on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: N. Rajesh

Staff Reporter

Demand for village panchayat status

Tuticorin: A relay fast being observed by members of Iruvappapuram Panchayat Retrieval Committee (IPRC) entered 250th day on Saturday.

According to the agitators, their struggle would continue till village panchayat status was given back to Iruvappapuram by merging 13 Dalit-majority hamlets around the area. They said Dalits in the region could progress economically and socially only if it remained a village panchayat, the status it enjoyed till its merger with Sawyerpuram town panchayat in 1964.

Vasantharani (65), daughter of freedom fighter and Dalit martyr Immanuel Sekharan, also joined the fast on the day to express her solidarity with the villagers to the cause.

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