In Tamil Nadu’s Vengaivayal village, hatred as the shape of water ( The Hindu )

In an incident that shocked Tamil Nadu last month, human faeces was found in an overhead tank supplying water to Dalit residents of Vengaivayal village in Pudukottai district. One month on, the perpetrators are yet to be identified and caught despite a CB-CID probe

A water tank which quenched the thirst of the Dalits has turned into a blot at Vengaivayal village in Pudukottai district. The 10,000-litre tank lies in disuse and barricaded. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY M

An uneasy calm shrouds Vengaivayal, a remote hamlet in the Annavasal block of Pudukottai district, even while a public outcry over the shocking incident of last month, when human faeces was found in an overhead tank that supplied water to the Dalits in the hamlet, refuses to die down in the State.

The hamlet, which can be reached by a barely motorable road branching off the Tiruchi-Pudukottai national highway at Sathyamangalam in Pudukottai district, is fully fortified by the police now as its 20-odd Dalit families are still struggling to come to terms with the public humiliation.

But more than anything else, the Dalit residents want the CB-CID to identify the culprits. They did not seem to have much faith in the initial investigation by the local police. “Instead of nabbing the culprits, the police found fault with our men and looked at us with suspicion,” alleged K. Kannadasan, a resident.

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