Upper caste men dumped deadly insecticide endosulfan in a well used by the Dalit family in Karnataka in a bid to stop them from drawing water. This hitherto unknown cruelty employed by the upper caste occurred in a village Channur , 640 Km away from Bangaluru in Karnataka
To add to the woes of the people in this village, there is only one well ‘ earmarked’the Dalit families. The seven other wells in the village are used by upper caste people.
The well located in a farmland about 200 metres from the Dalit village. The land is owned by a Dalit, but it was leased by an upper caste man Gollalappagouda Kallappagouda Kukanur four years ago. Since then, he has been trying to block the Dalits from drawing water from the well.
A pumpset is fixed to the well to draw water and it supplies water to the Dalit colony. When a Dalit Mahantappa, went to the well to get water because there was no supply to the colony for two days, he smelt something different and informed the members of his colony and urged them not to drink.
An examination was conducted after the matter was brought to police and the water was found to be contaminated with endosulfan.
Kalaburagi Rural DSP S S Hullur confirmed the contamination and police deployed people to empty and clean up the well twice in three days.
The members of the upper castes in the village, refused to allow the Dalits near the seven other wells, the DSP said.
The villagers told the police that Gollalappagouda had threatened to kill Dalits in the village.
It is also alleged that Gollalappagouda would throw dead dogs, cats and snakes into the well to prevent Dalits from drawing water. But Dalits would clean the well and use the water.
Jewargi tahsildar Ellappa Subedar made alternative arrangements to supply drinking water through tankers.