Cops await Dalit labourer's death report
Mangalore, Oct 10, DH News Service:
Though Dalit leaders allege former Minister B Nagaraj Shetty's
involvement in the case of mysterious death of a labourer, who was
working in his farm, the police are waiting for the forensic report
which indicate possibilities of suicide.
Superintendent of Police Dr A S Rao told Dalit leaders at a monthly
grievance meet held here on Sunday that according to forensic experts,
the Minister's farm labourer Rajappa Gowda might have committed
suicide. "The police have conducted inquiry in a proper manner. The
autopsy report, photographs and videographs were sent to the forensic
laboratory in Bangalore. They have informed us that there is no
evidence to prove murder, but at the same time, the circumstances
indicates possibilities of suicide. However, we will proceed the
inquiry only after receiving a written report from the forensic
experts," Rao said.
In the previous meeting held on September 5, Dalit Sangharsha Samiti
Leader S P Ananda and others blamed that the police was trying to hush
up the case of death of Rajappa Gowda. They also had alleged Nagaraj
Shetty's involvement in the incident.
'Delay in inquiry'
Shivananda Pandru, a Dalit leader from Mudbidri alleged police of
delaying the inquiry into the case of death of a villager Seetharama
Ajila at Panjigaru in Sullia. He said that Ajila's body was found on
the roadside a month ago. "Though there were bruises on the body of
Ajila, the police are trying to conclude the issue as a case of
suicide," he added.
Pandru brought to the notice of the SP that two villagers Subramanya
and Poovappa had assaulted Ajila, a day before his death. He pointed
out that Ajila might have died following the attack.
SP Rao said that the blood and viscera collected from Ajila's body
were sent for forensic analysis. Action will be taken based on the
report, he added.
In another case, Sesamma Peraja, a Dalit of Peraje village in Vittal,
said that a group of four miscreants had misbehaved with her and
assaulted her husband on July 27. However, she said, "the police
failed to act that only three were arrested so far. Though I had
mentioned in my complaint that the miscreants had arrived in a mini
bus, the police seized two motorbikes. Police refused to seize the
mini bus even though I had informed them its register number," she
The SP promised that inquiry will be conducted properly and the mini
bus will seized, if allegations were proved.
'Mansa is a derogatory word'
Former Zilla Panchayat President Somnath Nayak said that many media
and people call 'Adi Dravida' community as 'Mansa', which is a
derogatory word. Hence, he requested, "police should ensure that
people should not use such derogatory term to call Adi Dravidas."
SP Rao said that he would ask clarifications with regard to the name
of the community from the officials concerned. "If the word was found
to be derogatory, we will issue circular to all media banning the use
of the word," he added.
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