‘Dalit families attacked over use of village pond’

BERHAMPUR, May 11, 2016
Updated: May 11, 2016 08:09 IST

Dalit families are allegedly facing caste-related atrocities at Panchabhuti village under Jagananthpur police station in Ganjam district of Odisha over use of village ponds.

The local sarpanch and husband of the nayab sarpanch, who have links with the ruling party, are alleged to have led an attack on Dalit families of the village on March 24. A joint fact-finding team of representatives of various organisations reached Panchabhuti village on Monday to enquire about the issue.

This team included State secretariat member of the CPI(M) Santosh Das, Odisha Bahujan Kranti Dal secretary-general Madhusudan Yadav, Sankar Sahu of CPI-ML (Red Star) and Odisha Dalit Adhikar Manch coordinator Basant Mallik among aothers.

The team made detailed enquiry about the attack on the 46 Dalit families by the upper castes on March 24 as well as the present situation.

On March 24, houses of these Dalit families had been attacked and ransacked. The police had arrested 14 persons in the case, including four from Dalit families and ten of upper castes.

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