Wednesday, March 31, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalit organisations stage protest

Karnataka - Hubli-Dharwad

Dalit organisations stage protest

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Members of various Dalit organisations blocked traffic for more
than half an hour and staged a dharna in Hubli on Monday in protest
against the alleged defilement of a statue of B.R. Ambedkar in

A dharna was staged in Dharwad in protest against the State
Government's failure to check exploitation of Dalits and minorities.

In Hubli, the protestors staged the dharna near Ambedkar's statue near
the Head Post Office and blocked the road for more than half an hour.
They raised slogans against the Government for its failure to check
exploitation of Dalits and minorities.

They said the desecration of the statue of Ambedkar at Nanjappa Circle
in Shantinagar of Bangalore seemed to be a deliberate political act,
as the elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike Council were
held on Sunday.

They urged the Government to immediately take steps to arrest the
perpetrators of the crime, which had pained Dalits and all those who
advocated social justice.

The protestors then submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor
urging him to direct the Government to take action in the matter.
Hubli Tahsildar S.S. Biradar received the memorandum from them.

During the protest in Dharwad, the protestors alleged that after the
Government, led by the BJP, came to power in the State, atrocities
against Dalits, minorities and weaker sections of society had
increased. They wanted the Governor to issue directions to the
Government and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor.

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