Monday, December 19, 2011

[ZESTCaste] National SC/ST panel member slams Erode district police

National SC/ST panel member slams Erode district police
PTI | 11:12 AM,Dec 18,2011

Erode, Dec 18 (PTI) A member of the National Commission for SC/ST, has
slammed the district police for "not taking initiative to solve SC/ST
problems" and "unsatisfactory action" over complaints given by members
belonging to the SC/ST. Latha Priyakumar, Member, National SC/ST
Commission, said yesterday after a two-day review of the schemes and
funds granted for the SC/ST here that she was concerned about the
"attitude" of the police in solving their problems. "The action of the
Erode district police is not satisfactory over the complaints provided
by the SC person. Further the absence in the review meeting by the
local Superintendent of Police is also not fair," Priyakumar said.
"The Commission has sent 20 letters to the Superintendent of Police,
Erode about various problems of the SC/ST, but unfortunately no reply
was received by the Commission for all the 20 letters. Further, the
police did not take any initiative to solve the SC problems". She also
charged that the SC/ST members were not included in the Parents'
Teachers Association in a number of schools in the district and wanted
the Education department officials to ensure they were included.
Priyakumar charged the police had failed to take action against those
who had allegedly assaulted SC persons at Nambiyur in
Gobichettipalayam here last year. Cases had been registered against
two persons in Jan 2010 for allegedly attacking a woman Sub-Inspector
for "delay" in registering a case under the SC/ST Prevention of
Atrocities Act. The attack occurred following an incident during a
temple festival conducted at Kosanam village near Nambiyur when two
groups of devotees belonging to two different communities wanted to
perform pooja, leading to an altercation. A member of a group, one
Thangavelu, lodged a complaint against the other group and quarreled
with the SI at the police station protesting the "delay" in
registering the case under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and
allegedly pushed her. Another member had also accompanied him. PTI COR


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