Shop owners held for dalit segregation

MADURAI: Three tea shops in Subbaiahpuram near Alangkulam in Tirunelveli district were sealed by police on Friday for discriminating against dalits by using the 'double tumbler' system. The tea shop owners have also been arrested.

Tirunelveli SP Asra Garg said he got information that the teashops were serving dalits with a different set of tumblers and decided to visit the village on Friday morning. "I was ashamed to see the dalits being served tea in disposable plastic cups while the non-dalits were given tea in stainless steel tumblers," he said.

His team sealed the three shops and arrested its owners, S Murugesan, 40, A Saravanan, 24, and P Ganeshan, 38, and registered cases under Section 4 of the Protection of Civil Rights act, 1955 and Sec 3(1) (14) of the ST/SC prevention of atrocities act, 1989 against them.


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