KRISHNAGIRI, December 20, 2010
Dalits throng collectorate urging to remove encroachment
Dalits from Adi Dravidar Colony, Avadanapatti village, near
Krishnagiri have accused three caste Hindu families of encroaching
upon a vacant land meant for public purpose in their colony for the
last eight years.
In this connection, over fifty people who had thronged the
collectorate and submitted a petition to District Revenue Officer, C.
Prakasam here on Monday demanding that the encroachments be removed.
The dalits alleged that there was erection of two flag posts and fear
that it will flare up community clash.
Pressing their demand, the public were about to hand over their
Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) and Ration card to the district
In a petition, they alleged that three persons had encroached upon the
land meant for school and built houses and shops.
With the result of blockage in the flow of sewage in the main outlet
from the Dalit colony, the stagnation of water for more than a year
poses serious health hazard to the residents, they alleged.
During the rainy season, the situation turned worst, as the
overflowing sewage stagnated before the Anganwadi Centre where over 30
Besides contaminating the ground water, the sewage polluted the bore
well that supplied drinking water to the villages coming under
Agasipalli, Periyamuthur and Devasandiram Panchayats.
The children were affected with many health problems, the women in the
Receiving the petition, Mr. C. Prakasam has assured the Dalits to take
action with the consultation of the District Collector V. Arun Roy,
who is away in Chennai on an official visit.
Over 80 families live in 50 to 60 tiled houses on 40 plots allotted to
them in the survey No. 552/2 in Agasaipalli Panchayat 20 years ago by
the then district administration of Dharmapuri.
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