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Advocate's bid to molest Dalit woman denied

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TIRUNELVELI, NOV. 5 . The Joint Action Group of advocates of Valliyoor has categorically denied that one of its members was involved in any unpleasant incident against a Dalit woman.

Addressing reporters at Valliyoor today, Xavier, president of the JAG, comprising members of Civil and Criminal Bar Associations, Valliyoor, said a resident of Nerunji Colony near Panagudi came to the office of their colleague, D. Thamizh Chelvan (48), at Valliyoor around 9 p.m. on October 29 and asked to accompany him to the Panagudi police station in connection with a case.

But Mr. Thamizh Chelvan was directly taken to the Nerunji Colony, where he was beaten up black and blue by a group of villagers for over four hours. They also snatched the mobile phone, ATM card and chequebook from him.

"Based on the complaint lodged by the victim at Panagudi police station the next day, we, demanding the arrest of the culprits involved in the incident, struck work. Since Mr. Thamizh Chelvan was no way related to any offence (attempting to molest a Dalit woman) as alleged by the Nerunji Colony residents, the people who indulged in the attack on the advocate should be brought to book immediately," Mr. Xavier said, adding that the villagers, in a bid to cover up the attack on Mr. Thamizh Chelvan, was levelling baseless allegation against the lawyer.

He also said the villagers, who were divided after a dispute over the land allocated for the Dalits, attacked Mr. Thamizh Chelvan, as he represented before the revenue officials the case of one group.

"Neither the JAC nor the Bar Association of Valliyoor would try to safeguard any lawyer, who committed crime of any magnitude," Mr. Xavier said.

Meanwhile, a resident of Nerunji Colony said the villagers would take the issue to a higher forum if justice was not rendered at the lower level.

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