An FIR was registered against six people, including two village heads, for allegedly denying drinking water to a woman Dalit officer here.

A deputy chief veterinary officer was allegedly denied drinking water because of her Dalit identity in Ambawa Poorab village in Manjhanpur block, around 167 km away from the state capital Lucknow, on July 31.

An FIR under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was registered against head of Ambawa Poorab village Shiv Sampat, Pankaj Yadav, the husband of Bhaila Makdoompur village head, Saibasa village head Ansar Ali, district panchayat member Jhallar Tiwari, District Panchayati Raj Officer (DPRO) Ravidutt Mishra, and Rajesh Singh at Manjhanpur police station, SP Kaushambi Pradeep Gupta said.

He said the matter is being thoroughly probed and strict action will be initiated against those found guilty.

The officer, Dr Seema, said she had gone to the village on the directions of the DPRO to review developmental works.

She claimed that she was not given water for two-and-a-half-hours despite her being a diabetic.

“I was told to visit the village only after contacting DPRO Ravi Dutt Mishra and BDC (block development chief) Tiwari.