Karnataka - Gulbarga
Dalit youths demand arrest of HKADB chairman Amarnath Patil
Seeking action:Members of the Dalit Sanghatanegala Samanvaya Samiti
forcing their way into the Deputy Commissioner office complex in
GULBARGA: In a spontaneous move, Dalit youths who had converged at the
Vikasa Soudha here on Friday to protest against the delay in arresting
HKADB chairman Amarnath Patil and his supporters (who are facing
charges of assaulting Shrimant Pattedar, personal assistant to HKADB
Secretary Shalini Rajneesh Goel), forced their way into the Deputy
Commissioner's office complex and voiced their indignation against
Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal for not meeting them or explaining the
reason for the delay in arresting the accused.
The police, who were present in good numbers, were taken by surprise
when the Dalit youths rushed towards the main gate of the office
complex and forced it open shouting slogans against the district
administration and the Deputy Commissioner.
The Dalit youths were led by Dalit Sena State general secretary
Hanumanth Yelsangi and JD(S) leader Suryakant Nimbalkar. The Deputy
Commissioner, who was busy at a Revenue Department meeting, had told
the Dalit youths that he was busy and could not meet them.
He had deputed Additional Deputy Commissioner Math Mallikarjun to
receive the memorandum.
Mr. Vishal said the Dalit youths should not have taken such a step. He
said the police were doing their job and Mr. Patil and his supporters,
who were the main accused in the case for alleged assault of Mr.
Pattedar, would be arrested soon.
The Dalit leaders pointed out that even 24 hours after the FIR was
registered, not one of the accused had been arrested.
They said the attacks and atrocities on Dalits in the district had
been on the rise in recent days. The district administration should
take effective measures to end the attacks on Dalits and give them
adequate protection, they said.
They also demanded the Deputy Commissioner direct the police to
include Section 307 of the IPC in the charges against Mr. Patil and
his supporters. The Government should immediately dismiss Mr. Patil
from the post of the chairman of the HKADB, they said.
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