Friday, August 13, 2010

[ZESTCaste] HC moved for CBI probe into Uthapuram caste clash

HC moved for CBI probe into Uthapuram caste clash
Madurai, Aug 12(PTI) Alleging harassment of Dalits by police, a
petition has been filed in Madras High Court Bench here for a CBI
investigation into cases registered against Dalits and Caste Hindus in
connection with the October 2008 caste clash in Uthapuram village in
the district. Petitioner, Rajammal, a resident of Uthapuram, submitted
local police officers were harassing the Dalits by misuing the
contents of one of the First Information Reports, which stated that
around 300 Dalits were involved in the 2008 violence and clash. She
demanded a direction to the CBI to take action against the erring
police officers under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes
(Prevention of Atrocities Act). The petitioner also prayed for a
direction to the Home Secretary to implement rule 13 of SC/ST rules
that envisaged that police officers posted in such areas had the right
aptitude and understanding of the problems faced by Dalits. She sought
an interim direction to the Police not to take any further proceedings
such as arresting the Dalits. She prayed for the transfer of the
Madurai Superintendent of Police and Inspector of Ezhumalai police
station,exercising jurisdiction over Uthapuram. Claiming that she
played a lead role in rescuing the Dalits against the police, she said
she feared that she would be victimised. Caste Hindus and Dalits of
the village clashed on October 1 over painting the wall of a local
temple, leading to a police lathicharge.

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