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Act against those who demolished dalit homes: FM

Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Sunday asked officials to take action against those responsible for demolishing houses of 28 dalit families, including five built under Indira Awas Yojana at Pappankulam in the district last month on the grounds they encroached a public road.

The minister, who visited the area, spoke to the affected families and also Tahsildar and Revenue officials.

The Sirukudi Panchayat had demolished the houses on 15 and 18 August alleging it was constructed after encroaching a public road. Chidambaram said these houses should have been built on patta land and noted the demolition took place in the presence of the Panchayat president and her husband with police help.
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