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TN panchayat Vice President arrested for hitting deputy BDO with slippers

IANS | May 02, 2022 01:15 PM

CHENNAI: Vice President of the Kanadamangalam panchayat in Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore district was arrested for hitting a Deputy Block Development Officer (BDO) with slippers.

Saranya Kumar was arrested on Sunday.

The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon during a Gram Sabha meeting chaired by panchayat president, K. Sivagami, which had about 300 people in attendance.

Sources in the gram panchayat told IANS that there were issues between Sivagami and Saranya Kumar.

Police said that the Vice President had submitted a complaint that Sivagami's son, Shankar, and Deputy BDO Ravishankar had threatened and refused to provide her with the passbook of the gram panchayat.

While Saranya Kumar belongs to the Vanniyar community, the Panchayat president and the Deputy BDO are Scheduled Castes.

Police booked cases under IPS Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty) and 355 (whoever assaults or uses criminal force on any person, intending thereby to dishonor that person).

The Vice President was produced before a court on Monday and remanded to judicial custody.

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