Rajasthan News

Atrocities after voting: Pesticide poured in water tank to punish rival voters

by RajasthanDirect
Dec 06, 2013

After the voting day, political animosity cases are showing up in some parts of Rajasthan. A few people belonging to one caste in Rajgarh-Laxmangarh constituency in Alwar district allegedly poisoned the drinking water being supplied to people belonging to other communities by mixing pesticide in government water tank.

Even as an FIR has been registered in this regard, atrocities are being carried out on innocent residents of Saloli and several other nearby villages in full glare of police and administration. Since the day voters from some castes exercised their franchise in favour of SP candidate Surajmal Dhanka, members of the dominant caste burnt down their houses and several of them have been beaten up.

The victims have approached the district administration and police, but to no avail. On Thursday, some villagers forced closure of markets in Rajgarh in protest against the atrocities and blocked roads to attract attention of the administration towards their plight.

A few residents of Saloli village including one Ramkishan, Raju Sharma and Bhairon Singh told TOI that some anti-social elements broke open the public water supply tank’s cap and poured a sack of pesticide.

“However, some villages saw suspicious behaviour of people from a particular community. When cross-checked, they found a sack and the powder sprinkled into the tank. The police and administration officers were immediately informed,” said the villagers.

On Monday morning, PHED executive engineer Mohanlal Meena and other officers reached the village. “The tank has been washed 2-3 times. Now it can be used,” said Mohanlal Meena. Assistant engineer, PHED, Kailash Chand Bairwa has registered an FIR with Reni police station. The police have sent the samples of the water for forensic examination. Sub divisional magistrate, Rajgarh, Baldev Raj Sharma that security has been beefed up for all water tanks in the area.

A village named Thosadi was surrounded by people of dominant caste since Tuesday morning. A house was set ablaze. The miscreants got hold of some villagers and severely beat them up.

On Thursday, two dalit youths were severely beaten up allegedly by some youths of Meena community leading to escalated tension in the area. Angry residents reached the SDM office and shouted slogans against the atrocities.

SP candidate Surajmal Dhanka also reached the SDM office and showed solidarity with the protesters. People staged a sit-in demanding immediate arrest of the miscreants.

National People’s Party chief’s Kirori Lal Meena’s wife Golma Devi is contesting from Rajgarh-Laxamangarh constituency. On the day of polling on Sunday also, incidents of booth capturing and clashes were reported from some villages in this constituency. Repolling is being held at one of the constituencies.

src: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/26926808.cms

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