'Official has done little to curb anti-Dalit acts'
'There has been a sharp rise in atrocities against Dalits'
Seer alleges discrepancies in payment of flood compensation
'Minister has failed to ensure the welfare of oppressed classes'
Chitradurga: Several hundred Dalits in the district staged a dharna
here on Tuesday in protest against the alleged anti-Dalit actions of
Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas.
The head of the Madarachannaiah Gurupeetha, Basava Madarachannaiah,
who led the protest, alleged that despite the sharp increase in the
number of atrocities against Dalits in the district. The Deputy
Commissioner had failed to curb them, the seer said .
He also claimed that there had been discrepancies in the payment of
compensation to flood victims.
"Officials who have failed to protect the Dalits and the oppressed
classes have no right to be in office," he said.
The swamji said that they would intensify their agitation if the
Deputy Commissioner did not change his approach toward Dalits.
Dalit leader and Neeravari Horata Samiti president M. Jayanna said
that officials and elected representatives were responsible for
ensuring justice to Dalits, and accused Minister for Social Welfare D.
Sudhakar of having failed to ensure the welfare of the oppressed
classes. Mr. Jayanna said that the Minister had not visited a single
village in the district where atrocities against Dalits had been
reported. The protesters also burnt an effigy of the Deputy
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