Dalits demand police outpost at Boorugudde

Dalits demand police outpost at Boorugudde

Dalits from Boorugudde have demanded the Mangaluru City police to establish a police outpost at the village as it is 15 to 20 km away from Moodabidri station. The issue was raised in the SC/ST monthly grievances meeting held at commissioner’s office here on Sunday. 

Dalit youth Shivanand said though Moodabidri SI Ananthapadmanabha and his team is doing good work, it is a tough task for them to reach the place in time during emergency.

Dalit Sangarsha Samithi leader Girish Kumar expressed concern about the increasing theft in the Dalit colonies of Ullal and wanted the city police to fix CC cameras in certain places and he also suggested that local trader would sponsor at least a small part of the amount. 

Dalit leader Raghuveer wanted the police to check CC cameras which were installed in Jeppu and Kankanady few months ago. Many chain snatching incidents have been reported from Valencia.

So, a CC camera should be installed there to nab miscreants. He said that police should act against private bus drivers who park buses on roads and footpaths.

Meanwhile, Raghuveer raised the issue of harassment in PGs and hostels in City and about providing ID cards to them. Police promised of speaking to the higher authorities.  

A Dalit leader said that Mangaluru rural police station is still running in godown and there are no basic amenities like toilet for the staff. During the meeting, public also face problem in the station, he said. Police Commissioner R Hithendra said that the department is still searching for land for the new station. 

DSS leaders also alleged that many private educational institutions of the city collect around Rs 30,000 fees from SC/ST students though the stipulated amount is Rs 14,000, without any concession as per the rules. “We have got the list of students.

The institution must refund the fees or we will continue the legal fight,” one of the leaders said. They later submitted a complaint to the commissioner. 

Koraga leader clarifies

In the meeting, DSS leader Suresh wanted the police to file case against the Alva’s Nudisiri organisers for allowing a team to perform a dance which was similar to Koraga dance, painted black on their bodies.

Meanwhile, Koraga youth M Sheena clarified that it was not Koraga dance, but ‘Koravara Nritya’ of Theerthahalli. 

Another person from the institution said that more than the performance, the allegations which followed the programme were humiliating to Koragas. The institution is giving free education to 43 Koraga children and there can not be any intention of humiliating them, he said.

R Hithendra maintained that as investigation is under progress, only the statement of the organiser is important. DCP Dr Jagadish, DCP Vishnuvardhana were present among others.

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