'Cops not ensuring Dalits' safety'

Last Updated 24 June 2012, 17:51 IST

In spite of three swords being found in a Dalit colony in Chembugudde near Ullal, the police have not taken any measure to instill confidence among Dalits to ensure their safety, alleged Dalit representative Girish Kumar.

Speaking at the monthly Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe meeting held here at Police Commissioner’s office in Mangalore on Sunday, he said even after informing the police on three suspects, no action has been initiated against them.

In his reply, Assiastnt Commissioner of Police T R Jagannath said that few suspects have been interrogated. Rowdism has been contained in Ullal region.

The police are on night beat in Ullal region. Those who have any details on thriving of rowdism should bring to the notice of the police.

Dalit leader S P Anand said that derrogatory words were used against Dalits in a Tulu Sahitya Academy programme. The police should probe into the incident and initiate action against those who used derrogatory words against Dalits. Few derogatory words have also been used against Dalits in ‘Purusha Prakasham,’ a health science hand book.

The authorities had sanctioned 19 cents DC Manna land to a certain Bhoja in 1988-89.

However, now the revenue department has changed the DC Manna to government land in its records. Whether such changing of the land is allowed? he sought to know.

Dalit leader Ramesh Kotian urged the police to arrest the key accused in the murder of a Dalit youth Kumar, at Mullakaadu. DCP A Muthuraya said that the police have already arrested five persons and the investigation is on.

Marati Sangha Vice-President M A Naika said that in recent days, the complainant is not given the carbon copy of the complaint, citing the reason of legal hurdles.

In his reply, the DCP said that the issue of legal hurdles will be looked into. If the complainant was an illiterate, then measure will be taken to read out the complaint to the complainant.

Sadashiva said the incidents of timber theft is on rise in Balkunje, Ulepady, Kinnigoli and Mooru Kaveri areas. Even the police department is hand in glove with the smugglers, he alleged.

He said the bar and restaurants are functioning beyond the time limit in Mangalore city. There is a need to initiate action against bars and restaurants.

City Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh called upon the participants to give the names of the bar and restaurants which function beyond time limit, to initiate action against them.

ACP G V Subrahmanyam, Puttamadaiah were also present.

(Published 24 June 2012, 17:51 IST)

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