Tsundur Massacre
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Tsundur Massacre

The Tsundur massacre refers to the killing of several Dalit (referred as Malas, who were once the warriors in the kingdoms) people in the village of Tsundur, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India, on 06.04.1991.[1] 13 Dalits were massacred by upper-caste(Reddy's and some velamas support) men in the fields. When a young graduate dalit youth was beaten because his feet unintentionally touched a Reddy woman in the cinema hall, the dalits of the village supported him. As a result, Dalits were socially boycotted by the Reddy landowners of the village. Many dalits have lost their livelihood as they depend on the daily wages by working in the paddy fields of the Reddys. The significance of this atrocity was dalits collectively fought to gain legal justice by invoking SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989.

The killed Dalit youth were cremated in front of the Reddy household's for the guilty behaviour in the village of Tsundur, Guntur District. One can see the cremated bodies even today also.

Justice

212 people were charged in a total of 12 separate cases regarding the incident. 33 defendants subsequently died and the Supreme Court of India then dismissed the charges citing lack of evidence. A Division Bench comprising Justices L. Narasimha Reddy and M.S. Jaiswal turned down the verdict of trial court saying the prosecution had failed to prove the exact time of death, place of occurrence and the identity of attackers.

Bojja Tharakam was senior public prosecutor Tsundur massacre case in the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

References

  1. ^ "Andhra Pradesh News Briefly". The Hindu. Retrieved 2015.

Further reading


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