Monday, August 8, 2011

[ZESTCaste] IG's 'caste' remark snowballs into controversy

IG's 'caste' remark snowballs into controversy
TNN Aug 7, 2011, 12.38am IST

KAKINADA: A senior IPS officer has landed himself in trouble over his
alleged remarks on the increasing number of SC/ST atrocities cases.
The reported comment by Visakhapatnam range IG Vinay Kumar Singh that
a lot of SC/ST cases were fake drew strong reactions from several
dalit sanghams who demanded action against the officer.

Earlier on Friday night, 17 dalits were arrested and remanded to
judicial custody for obstructing his vehicle and shouting slogans
against him when he was on his way to Anaparthi.

Trouble had started when the IG, during his visit to Anaparthi police
station on Thursday, told the cops to be wary while dealing with
caste-related cases.

Singh said that caste colour was being given even to minor incidents
and demonstrations were being staged without much provocation.

He urged the cops to be on guard against such fake atrocity cases.
These remarks kicked up a controversy in Anaparthi the next day during
the IG's visit. He was gheraoed, his vehicle was obstructed and
slogans were raised against him by SC activists.

Condemning the arrests, Amalapuram MP G V Harsha Kumar said that the
IG's action was uncalled for and demanded immediate release of the
dalit activists. MLC George Victor said use of force on peaceful
protesters was unacceptable.

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