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A Tamil journalist gets smacked for discussing about caste-discrimination

A reporter for a leading Tamil news channel was allegedly beaten up by office bearers of the Attupakam panchayat in Gummidipoondi on Tuesday. The reporter visited the place to report on the caste-based discrimination faced by the Dalit panchayat leader of Attupakam, Amrutham, who was not allowed to hoist the national flag at a school on Independence Day. As soon as the reporter Ezhil, working for Puthiya Thalaimurai channel, introduced himself, at least five men allegedly attacked him in Attupakam.

While talking to a leading daily, Ezhil said, “Five people including the husband of vice-president and panchayat secretary attacked me. They snatched my phone and locked me in a room at 10.30 am. In the attack, I suffered injuries to my eyes and chest.” He said further, “I have given a complaint to the Gummudipoondi police station and two people have been arrested.” Gummudipoondi police inspector Rajendran said, “We have taken action on the complaint. We have registered an FIR and further investigations are going on.”

An FIR has been registered under Section 147 (Punishment for rioting), Section 342 (Punishment for wrongful confinement) and Section 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of Indian Penal Code. On Independence Day, a Dalit woman panchayat leader Amrutham was stopped from hoisting the national flag by panchayat office bearers and Hindu caste people. She is the first panchayat leader to be elected from Attupakkam after the seat was declared as a reserved seat for the Scheduled Caste community.

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