Monday, September 5, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Police reluctant to register complaints, say Dalit activists

MANGALORE, September 5, 2011
Police reluctant to register complaints, say Dalit activists
Staff Correspondent

The issue of police ignoring and refusing to register complaints given
by Dalits dominated the monthly meeting organised by the district
police on Sunday.

Kusappa from Puttur said the police had been unwilling to register a
case when a Dalit man was beaten up at Addebailu in Sullia taluk a few
months ago. He said although they had brought it to the attention of
the Assistant Superintendent of Police Puttur, it had not yielded

Superintendent of Police Labhu Ram said that unless they inquired into
the incident, they could not give a reply to the allegation. He said
he would let them know in the next meeting.

Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (B. Krishnappa Sthapitha) Krishnananda said
this instance clearly showed that the police did not register cases
brought by Dalit people. Mr. Ram assured him that he would look into
the incident.

Another man spoke of an incident that occurred within Bantwal Rural
limits in which a Dalit man had been assaulted over a land dispute and
even after it became clear to the police that the disputed land did
indeed belong to the Dalit man, the police had registered a complaint
against him. "What was the need for a second complaint?" the man

A woman said that she had lodged a complaint at the Mangalore Rural
police station against a man who had cheated her of Rs. 1.5 lakh on
the pretext of securing a job. She said that she wanted to know what
happened to her complaint.

At Kotehitlu in Uppinangady, Puttur taluk, a degree college was being
managed from a building which was actually an Ambedkar Bhavan, said
Somnath, former president of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat.

He said that although they had requested the college authorities to
vacate the building, the latter refused to do so stating that the
college had spent thousands of rupees on developing it. Balakrishna, a
teacher, said that there were no basic amenities in a Dalit colony in
Chelur, Bantwal taluk.

The road to the colony had been encroached by people belonging to
other castes, making it impossible for them to move about.

Although they had brought it to the notice of the tahsildar who had
ordered the encroachers to remove the illegal construction, it had
been two months since they heard from the officer.
Scheme inconsistencies

Ramesh Naik from Belthangady told Mr. Ram that there were
inconsistencies in a scheme of the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Development
Corporation involving the sanctioning of borewells to persons from
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. He said the actual measurements
of the borewells significantly differed from the measurements recorded
in the bills for 135 borewells sanctioned in the taluk. He said that
these should be investigated. Mr. Ram said that he would take the
necessary action.

Several Dalit activists requested the Superintendent of Police to
direct officials from other departments to be present at the meeting
called by the police.


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