Wednesday, April 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Re-open cases of Dalit atrocities: SC commission tells Punjab Police

Re-open cases of Dalit atrocities: SC commission tells Punjab Police
Express news service Posted online: Wed Apr 20 2011, 09:33 hrs
Jalandhar : The state Scheduled Caste Commission directed the local
police and the civil administration on Tuesday re-open all cases where
alleged atrocities have been committed on Dalits and forcible
compromises executed by the police, instead of providing justice to
the victims. It has also directed that even those cases, which have
been cancelled by the police, be re-opened within a month.

Commission Chairman Niranjan Singh, along with members Dalip Singh
Pandhi and Parkash Singh Gardiwal, said this while hearing complaints
of the people belonging to the SC community in Jalandhar. This was
part of the Commission's drive to visit all 20 districts across the
state to listen to the complaints of the SC community. Before
Jalandhar, it has paid a visit to Nawan Shahr district.

In Jalandhar, the Commission received over 50 complaints pertaining to
killing, rape, pension, civic amenities, etc.

According to Niranjan Singh, in nearly 86 cases of atrocities on
Dalits, the police have put pressure on the community to accept
compromises. "It is ridiculous that even in court cases, the victims
turned hostile under pressure from Punjab Police," he added.


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