Karnataka: Ostracised for a vote – Government to placate Nayakas

Deccan Chronicle.  | shilpa p

Nation, Politics

The villagers of Bommalapura have alleged that Congress workers from their own community have orchestrated the boycott.

Opposition leader Jagadish Shettar speaks in the Assembly on Wednesday

Mysuru: Chamarajnagar Deputy Commissioner, Ramu, who held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the complaint of  around 25 families of  the Nayaka community from  a village in Gundlupet taluk that they are being socially boycotted for voting for the BJP in the recent byelections, directed his officers to take steps to work out a  compromise between the two groups.

The villagers of Bommalapura have alleged that Congress workers from their own community have orchestrated the boycott since the bypoll as revenge for voting against their party.   Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Mr Ramu explained the complaint could not be dealt with under the Atrocities Act as it involved people of one community in the Gundlupet village, who were divided on political lines.  "Both the villagers who are being allegedly harassed and their tormentors belong to the same community . Instead we are treating it as a group clash," he said, adding that a case of group clash had been registered by the  police and the taluk executive magistrate would take bonds from both sides. "If the situation continues and there are further complaints, the police can arrest the accused," he added.

Meanwhile, state women's commission chairperson, Nagalakshmi bhai, is expected to visit a Nayaka woman, Chikkabasamma, who was allegedly assaulted following the tension.

Shettar: Cops not accepting Nayaka plaints
The issue of social boycott of members of Nayak community in Bommalapur in Gundlupet Assembly constituency dominated the proceedings during zero hour with leader of Opposition, Jagadish Shettar, raking up the issue on Wednesday.  Mr Shettar, who displayed a copy of Deccan Chronicle's report on the boycott of members of Nayak community on grounds that they supported the BJP candidate during the recent bypoll, alleged that they were attacked by supporters of the ruling Congress for the same reason. Besides, local police officers were not accepting their complaints though these people were facing harassment, he charged.