THANJAVUR: A dalit village president was abused and attacked by a caste Hindu for indicating a site for an anganwadi building in the village.
According to police, M Loganathan, a Dalit village president of Eachankottai, had indicated a place near the VAO office, for construction of an Anganwadi building. This was opposed by L Mathiyalagan, president of the Parents Teachers Association of the village school, a caste Hindu, who wanted the building to be built in another place.
On November 25, when the issue was discussed, Mathiyalagan reportedly assaulted Loganathan with a footwear near the village administrative office. He also abused Loganathan using his caste name. Following this, Loganathan filed a complaint with the Orathanadu police. Based on the complaint, Orathanadu Police Inspector Radhakrishnan on Monday registered a case under Sections of 294 (b) (uttering obscene words), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person), 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, and under various Sections of the SC, ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act against Mathiyalagan.