Thursday, January 26, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalits bear the brunt: Congress

Orissa | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:27pm IST
Dalits bear the brunt: Congress
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express

BHUBANESWAR: The campaigning by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the
panchayat polls has picked up pace and so has the Congress demand for
his resignation over the Pipili gangrape case and a CBI probe into it.
The scheduled caste department of the OPCC on Tuesday staged a
demonstration at the PMG Square and burnt the effigy of the Chief
Minister over the issue. Besides the Pipili gangrape case, several
other incidents of atrocities against women have come to the fore
during the last one month, a OPCC release said.

�Most of the victims are Dalit girls and women, Congress leaders
alleged citing� instances at Bhadrak, Balasore, Baripada, Paikmal and
Konark. Kanyashrams in tribal areas have also become unsafe for the
inmates, the party said.

�President of the scheduled caste department Ripunath Seth alleged
that as the Home Department is under the Chief Minister, police, in
most cases, are trying to hush up the cases rather than going after
the accused. Congress leaders, including former ministers Jagannath
Patnaik and Suresh Kumar Routray, Sibananda Ray, former MLA Nimai
Sarkar, convener of the scheduled caste department Bankanidhi Behera
courted arrest.

�The OPCC also condemned the alleged attempt to kidnap a girl here on
Monday. The incident reflects the deteriorating law and order
situation in the State and laxity of the police administration, OPCC
general secretary Arjya Kumar Gyanendra said.

�Reiterating the allegation against Naveen that he flouted the model
code of conduct for the panchayat polls while campaigning at Tangi on
Sunday, Gyanendra said he had been doing that ever since the polls
were announced. He threatened that the Congress would oppose the
violations by launching agitations across the State if these did not

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