'Do not compromise in atrocity case'

SC/ST review meeting held at City Police Commissioners office

Speaking at the SC/ST monthly grievance meeting held at the City Police Commissioner’s office on Sunday, the DCP said that the trend of compromising has put the police into trouble.

Many a times after registering the case in the police station, the complainant arrives at the station requesting the police to withdraw the case.

Such plea or submitting a letter to the police do not help as the law strictly says that the atrocity complaint filed in the police station should be solved only in the court, informed Mutthuraya.

“The DSS leaders should see to it that their community members do not opt for compromises. Let the offender pay for his deeds,” said the DCP.  Reiterating the same, Assistant Police Commissioner Ravindra Gadadi said, “You (dalits) people come and file the complaint in the station. Later, you go outside and end up compromising. In such a situation how can we carry out the investigation?”

Forgery case
Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkar Vada) Vice President Sadashiva Urvastore raised an issue of forgery in the meeting.

He said that he was made a victim as he and one of his community member Narayana’s names were included in the witness list in connection to a rape case.

“A rape case of a Billava girl was registered in the Bajpe police station on August 8, 2010. Though it was I who helped the family to file a complaint in the station, things became vice-versa as my name was included in the witness list. Someone had forged my signature and a fake letter was written stating that I was present when the incident took place.”

He vented his anger against the police for not taking up any investigation in this regard, in spite of bringing the issue in the SC/ST meet a year ago. “I am forced to visit the court despite playing no role in the incident.”

Community problems
Responding to few complaints of the SC/ST leaders, Deputy Commissioner of Police asked them to discuss community related problems rather than personal issues.

 “Meetings which were held in the colonies earlier were more useful because of the community problems were discussed. However, most of the issues raised in the SC/ST meeting are personal in nature,” said the DCP.

Threat to boycott
Expressing displeasure over the repeated absence of City Police Commissioner in the SC/ST grievance meet, DSS (Bhima Vada) leader P Keshava urged the Police Commissioner to attend the meeting in the future.

He  warned of boycotting the meet if the Commissioner fails to attend the meeting next month.

“When the Deputy Commissioner, SP and other officers attend the SC/ST meets held in the respective offices, why exempt the Police Commissioner? We feel more convenient and privileged to talk in the presence of the Commissioner,” he said. Civil Rights Enforcement Cell SP Sarvoththama Pai was present.

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