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[ZESTCaste] Dalits should unite to oppose atrocities: Raghavulu

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Dalits should unite to oppose atrocities: Raghavulu

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THE HINDU FOR A CAUSE: CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu
affectionately holds a toddler, daughter of a dalit victim in a case
of atrocity, during a dharna christened "Dalit Aatmagaurava Poratam"
organised by Kulavivaksha Vyathireka Porata Samithi, at
sub-collector's office in Vijayawada on Thursday. PHOTO: RAJU.V
Dalits should unite cutting across party lines to oppose the growing
number of atrocities on them, Communist Party of India (Marxist) State
Secretary and Kulavivaksha Vyathireka Porata Samithi (KVPS)
vice-president B.V. Raghavulu has said.

Participating in the dalits' "Aatmagaurava poratam" (struggle for
self-respect) here on Thursday, Mr. Raghavulu said it was time the
State government took up the matter seriously and resolved the problem
of the dalits.

Pointing out that justice had not been done in any of the eight cases
of atrocities on the dalits in recent times, the CPI(M) leader said
that the movement for self-respect was peaceful at this stage but if
there was no response even after the agitation the "consequences would
be severe."

The Justice Punnaiah Commission had clearly stated that lower rung
police officials were unable to deal with cases of atrocities on SCs
and STs and that an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent or
above should conduct an inquiry into these cases. This was not being
done according to the KVPS activists, Mr. Raghavulu said.

No action

The CPI (M) State secretary said that the details of the atrocities in
which no action was taken by the Government machinery would be taken
to the notice of the Home Minister, DGP and even the Chief Minister.

Unless the dalits opposed the atrocities with unity the perpetrators
would not stop, he said, giving the example of a dalit youth of the
Congress party being beaten up and not rescued by the other parties.
"Next time a dalit of a different party is attacked, dalits of the
Congress will not go to his rescue," he said.

KVPS State leader Annavarapu Nageswara Rao said neither the Krishna
district superintendent of police nor the Vijayawada commissioner of
police went to inquire about the atrocities in their respective
jurisdictions because the police were trying to protect the interests
of non-dalit sections.

Not booking cases

The police were not even booking cases against the non-dalit
perpetrators without the dalits launching agitations, he alleged. KVPS
had the support of 35 dalit organisations and civil societies in this
agitation that would be intensified if the Government did not take
proper action.

KVPS district president Neelam Pullaiah said that the police who
should protect the weaker sections were ganging up with the rich and

KVPS State secretary J. John Wesley and MRPS district secretary Manda
Venkateswara Rao spoke.


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