Dalits torture: SC panel briefed

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa State Scheduled Caste-Scheduled Tribe Youth and Students’ Council has drawn the attention of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) about the increasing torture of the dalits in the State.

Council president Haladhar Sethi discussed the matter with NCSC chairman PL Punia and invited him to visit Kamadhenukot village in Dhenkanal district where 22 houses of the dalits were burnt after the first phase of the panchayat polls.

Sethi alleged that dalits were attacked as they did not vote for a particular candidate in the panchayat polls as a result of which he lost. He said supporters of the candidate vandalised the houses of dalits in the village and burnt them down. Over 100 dalits are now homeless and exposed to more attacks, he said.

�A three-member team of the council, headed by Sethi, visited the village on Monday and discussed with the tahasildar, the district welfare officer, the police circle inspector and the district collector.

The council demanded compensation to the dalit families who have lost everything because of the attack on them.

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