CPM stages protest against atrocities on Dalits

The Udupi district unit of CPM staged a protest here before the Clock Tower against the UPA government’s policies which resulted in inflation and also against the state government’s failure in curbing the increasing incidents of atrocities against Dalits.

Forwarding the memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, CPM district secretary, Shankar demanded the Union government to take immediate measures to arrest inflation, especially the increasing price of petroleum products and LPG cylinders. The inflation  has totally put the lay man in distress. The state government should minimise the local tax over the petroleum products and help the people.

He alleged that both the central and state governments have failed to look into the people’s burning problems and have added burden to the common man. The anti-people policies have increased, he said.

Dalit Atrocity cases

Shankar pointed that the increasing number of atrocity cases reported against Dalits across the state is a cause of concern. The law and order mechanism have failed to protect Dalits from attacks. Meanwhile, he blamed the police department for falsely framing Dalit youth in many cases.

He demanded the government to take stringent action against the priestly and landlords in Gadya village, Jamakandi in Bagalkot district following their prohibition on Dalits recently.

They should be booked under Prevention of Dalit Atrocity Act.

The CPM leader urged the government to offer compensations to the Dalits who are victims of the injustice.

Curb communal elements

Shankar said that the fundamentalists are into creating hatred atmosphere across the state with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections.The government should initiate measures to curb communal activities. The police should arrest those who are involved in communal violence irrespective of which religion they belong to.

The accused who were responsible for disturbing peace in Sindhagi during Tippu Sultan birth anniversary celebrations and those who threw pork in the premises of mosque in Chikmagalur should be punished, Shankar demanded. He also demanded the arrest of Kaladka Prabhakar Bhat who was involved in communal violence through his provocative speeches in Dakshina Kannada.

The CITU will be organising 'Vidhana Soudha Chalo' campaign against the implementation of ESMA on January 23, he added.

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