Chennai: A Special Court on Thursday convicted 269 for atrocity against Dalits including 17 for rape

The police and revenue officials were charged with brutal assault of tribal people and rape of tribal women during a search for smuggled sandalwood.

According to CBI, on June 20, 1992 a team comprising 155 forest personnel, 108 policemen and six revenue officials entered Vachathi in Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu for a search for smuggled sandalwood.

On the pretext of inquiry, they allegedly assaulted about 100 villagers, detained women and children and raped 18 of them besides ransacking their properties.