Thursday November 23 2006, Newindperss.com
TIRUNELVELI: A Dalit panchayat president was allegedly hacked to death by the vice president of the same panchayat, near Sankarankoil on Wednesday morning.
P Jakkaiyan (45) was elected as president of the reserved Nakalaimuthanpatti panchayat, with the support of former president of the same panchayat Regina Mary, belonging to an upper caste.
However, after election, Jakkaiyan, who had reportedly agreed to work in cooperation with vice president of the panchayat Thirupathiraja, husband of Regina Mary, backtracked on the deal.
Regina and her husband then allegedly threatened to kill Jakkaiyan, if he refused to resign from his post. A frightened Jakkaiyan and his family went to their relative’s house in a nearby village.
On Wednesday morning, when Jakkaiyan came to Nakkalaimuthanpatti, a gang, led by Thirupathiraja, chased and attacked him with lethal weapons injuring him grievously. The panchayat president died on the spot.
Thiruvengadam police have registered a case and nabbed the prime accused, Thirupathiraja and Regina Mary