Tuesday, August 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits stage black flag demo in Namakkal



Tamil Nadu
Dalits stage black flag demo in Namakkal
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:09am IST

NAMAKKAL: Tension gripped the Collectorate premises here on Monday as
scores of people staged a black flag demonstration seeking action
against the� caste Hindus who buried a body near a Dalit's house
recently.� At least 33 people, including six women, were arrested for
staging the protest.

Led by P Senthamizhan, district secretary of Arunthamizhar Peravai,
members of various Dalit organisations and villagers raised slogans
seeking action on the issue.

Soon a police team, led by Namakkal Deputy Superintendent of Police
Subramani and Inspector Lakshmanakumar, arrested the demonstrators and
seized the black flags from them. They were detained at a marriage
hall in Nallipalayam and released in the evening, a police officer
told Express.

"Caste Hindus recently buried a body very close to the house of
Devasagayam, a Dalit living in Vadagarayathur village near
Jedarpalayam.� It was a deliberate attempt to chase away the Dalit
from the land. In fact, Devasagayam had submitted a petition to the
revenue officials to take steps to retrieve his panchami land, which
was forcibly encroached upon by a caste Hindu family years ago," said

He said the stir was held to draw the attention of the senior
officials.� Till date, the police and revenue officials have not taken
any action against those who buried the body near the house, he
added.�� When asked, Superintendent of Police Pravesh Kumar said the
police and revenue department officials were holding an inquiry and
that action would be taken in accordance with the inquiry findings.

He noted that the members of the Dalit family did not turn up at a
peace committee meeting held a few days ago.

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