Friday, July 2, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Murder of Dalit woman - Cong seeks probe

Murder of Dalit woman - Cong seeks probe

By Team Mangalorean Bangalore

BANGALORE, July 1, 2010: The State Congress on Thursday sought a probe
into the killing of Honnamma, a dalit woman, belonged to Gopalapura
village in Tumkur district in Karnataka.

H C Mahadevappa of the Congress raised the issue during the zero hour
in the Legislative Assembly and sought compensation of the kin and
kith of the woman, and action against the culprits responsible for the
brutal murder of the woman.

A gang of villagers had stoned Honnamma to death last Monday. The
political rivalry is said to be reason for the killing of a woman in
full public view. She was a BJP leader and had contested and lost in
the recently held gram panchayat elections.

The villagers, after dumping Honnamma in a drain, dropped heavy
boulders on her when she cried for water. T B Jayachandra, deputy
leader of the Congress demanded action against villagers who murdered
the woman and suspension of police who failed to provide protection to
the dalit leader.

The BJP Government which came to power in 2008 has promised to take
all steps for the welfare of dalits in the Steps. But it failed to
provide justice to Dalit people in the State, he alleged.

Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar, who
provided the reply in the absence of Home Minister V S Acharya, said
he would discuss the issue to Dr Acharya to take suitable action.
Other Congress members too sought action against the police and
persons for the murder for the woman. It is reported that the rivalry
with local JD (S) leaders was a major reason for the crime.

H D Revanna of the JD (S) spoke about the farmers' stir and demanded
suspension of Deputy Superintendent of Police Devaraj who thrashed one
farmer with an iron rod when they were agitating against the arrest of
their leaders for protesting against keeping them out of a meeting
related to the controversial Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor
(BMIC) project.

The JD (S) would move an adjournment motion to discuss the BMIC
project and acquisition of farmers lands by the NICE.

Mr Shettar said the farmers damaged the security rooms of the Nandi
Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises on BMIC road and blocked the
movement of vehicles.


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