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Dalits In News -Dec.29 2007

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Mid-day meal row in Etawah,Six of family killed in Bihar village fire....



Times Of India


Mid-day meal row in Etawah


29 Dec 2007, 0239 hrs IST ,Kautilya Singh ,TNN


KANPUR : Though chief minister Mayawati's focus is on 'sarvjan hitya-sarvjan sukhay,' 45-odd students of a primary school in Etawah hold a completely different opinion.

In a shocking incident, 45 children of a primary school in Hazratpur Jatia village under the Vedpurva police station of Etawah refused to eat mid-day meal cooked and served by two Dalit women. Though the children are not taking the meals from December 14, district authorities came to know about the issue only on Friday. 
In an effort to hush up the matter, a team of district authorities rushed to the primary school on Friday to convince the students. Even though the district authorities were quick in claiming that the children had agreed to eat food prepared by Surajmukhi and Kela Devi, there was a widespread resentment amongst the students and their parents.

Earth Times

Six of family killed in Bihar village fire


Patna, Dec 29 - Six members, including five children, of a poverty-stricken Dalit family died after their thatched hut caught fire in Budhgariya village of Gaya district in Bihar, the police said Saturday.

The ghastly accident occurred late Friday night.

The family head, Preman Manjhi, who suffered serious burn injuries, was admitted to the government hospital in Gaya town in a critical condition.

Manjhi was admitted to the ICU of Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital, district administration officials said. 'The family was burnt to death when their thatched hut caught fire while they were sleeping,' the police said.

It is a practice among the poor people in Bihar to burn cow dung cakes and wood to keep them warm.

The police suspect the thatched hut may have caught fire from home-made earthen room heater.

The Pioneer


Death toll in Kandhamal rises to three


PTI | Phulbani(Orissa)

With the recovery of one more body on Saturday, the death toll in the communal violence in tribal-dominated Kandhamal district of Orissa has officially increased to three even as the State Government placed two police officers and a revenue inspector under suspension.

According to the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Southern Division, Satyabrata Sahu, the body of a 65-year-old man was recovered from Barakhama village. He supposedly had died two days ago during a clash between the two communities.

Sources said that while one person was killed in police firing at Brahmanigaon village, two died in stone pelting incidents in Barakhama village.

Palpable tension continued in villages under Baliguda police station from where there were reports of house burning, they said.

"Though we have received reports of house burning at villages like Kutikia, Saudikia, Linepalli, Temanga and Sandrigaon, they are yet to be confirmed," Sahu said avoiding questions on the total number of houses burnt in the district.

He said that the Circle Inspectors of Police (CI) of Tikabali and Phiringia were placed under suspension on charge of dereliction of duty.



Kandhamal violence: Orissa Minister resigns



Prafulla Das

Situation continues to remain tense in tribal-dominated district

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa Steel and Mines Minister Padmanabha Behera, who hails from the violence-hit Kandhamal district, resigned from his post, even as the situation continued to remain tense in the tribal-dominated district for the fifth day on Friday.

Mr. Behera, a former member of the Lok Sabha and prominent Biju Janata Dal leader from the region, said he submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik owning moral responsibility for the incidents of communal violence in Kandhamal since December 24.

In a major damage control exercise, the State government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence in Kandhamal. Retired High Court judge Basudev Panigrahi will conduct the inquiry.

The government also appointed a new district Collector for Kandhamal with immediate effect. Manish Kumar Verma, Collector of Malkangiri, will replace Kandhamal Collector Bhabagrahi Mohapatra, who was asked to join the General Administration Department for further posting. Additional District Magistrate of Rourkela Nitin Bhanudas Jawle was appointed Malkangiri Collector.

Tribals' demand

The dropping of Mr. Behera from the Cabinet was one of the demands put forth by the agitating Kui tribals of Kandhamal, who had been opposing the alleged granting of Scheduled Caste status to Dalits in the region. Mr. Behera is a Dalit.

The Kui tribals were also demanding appointment of a direct IAS officer as Kandhamal Collector instead of an official who was promoted as IAS.

The All-India Christian Council and Church leaders in the State criticised the government decision for a judicial inquiry into the violence in Kandhamal.

At a press conference here, the Council general secretary, John Dayal, demanded that a Central Bureau of Investigation probe be ordered into the attacks on the Christians.

"The judicial inquiry will not lead to giving justice to the victims," said Raphael Cheenath, Archbishop of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack.

As many as eight persons were killed and 55 churches attacked in Kandhamal till Friday afternoon as hundreds of members of the community were hiding in forest to save their life from the attackers, they said.

The victims included those who were killed in police firing, Mr. Dayal said.

Curfew continues

In Kandhamal, curfew continued to remain in force in four towns as more paramilitary forces were being deployed to prevent violence from spreading to newer areas.

In Bhubaneswar, women's organisations took out a rally appealing for restoration of peace in the strife-torn region.

They submitted a memorandum to Governor M.C. Bhandare seeking his intervention for immediate deployment of the Central forces in Kandhamal.

The Pioneer


Haryana writes off penalty on loans to SCs


Pioneer News Service | Chandigarh

The Haryana Government has decided to waive off the interest along with penalty of those loanees of Haryana Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation who would deposit their principal amount upto March 16, 2008 in installment or in lump sum.

While giving this information on Friday, Haryana Social Welfare Minister, Kartar Devi said that the loanees who had the balance loan amount upto March 31, 2006 and paid their principal amount in lump sum or in installments upto March 16, 2008 could be benefited under this scheme. No another chance would be given to the loanees after March 16, 2008. The interested persons could contact at the district offices of the corporation and headquarters at Chandigarh, she added.

New Indpress


SC, ST youth fight at fair


Saturday December 29 2007 09:02 IST


ATHANI: A quarrel that broke out between people belonging to SC and ST marred the Yellamma fair at Sankaratti village in Athani taluk on Thursday night.

According to the police, it all began when some youth belonging to ST community forced some girls of SC community to dance in the fair. Some SC youth took umbrage at the act and countered the move. 

Two camps were soon formed and abuse and fisticuff followed. Nobody was seriously hurt. Later, the SC youth filed a complaint against ST youth with the Athani police and also submitted a memorandum to the tahshildar of Athani

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