Wednesday, February 15, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Protest human sacrifice of a dalit worker


Protest human sacrifice of a dalit worker

                                                 NARABALI  VIRODHI  VEDIKE



14 FEBRUARY 2012

The human sacrifice that took place at Thirumaladevara Koppa  in
Ranebennuru taluk of Haveri district on 26  November 2011 has already
drawn the attention of  the people allover the state. A 17 year old dalit
boy by name Basavaraja Kadimani was sacrificed to set right Vastu Dosha of
the house of Basavanagowda of the  same village. Basavaraja was working
with Basavanagowda , a land lord. as a tractor driver. In fact almost all
the members of his family had worked for the land lord at one time or the
other in the past.

Nijalinga swamy, popularly known as Tatu Ajja of Niralagi near Gadag  used
to visit Basavanagowda very often . Under his guidance the land lord had
already performed many rituals  on various occasions. On 26th November,
2012 Basavaraja went to his master's place at night and did not return.
Next day early in the    morning the members of his family, father, mother
and elder brother were informed by the police of Haligeri police station
that Basavaraja had been injured  in a fight  with Ninganagowda, the son of
Basavanagowda and had been hospitalized. The police took them not the
hospital, but to the police station where they told them that their boy had
been killed and not just injured. They were brought to a spot near  their
village where they saw a gunny sack containing the dead body of Basavaraj.
The body bore marks of vermilion and turmeric . It also had a hole on the
forehead. An eye had been plucked out and  a few  teeth ere missing. The
parents  and others suspected that it was a case of sacrifice and
complained to the police on those grounds. But the  police did not register
it as case of sacrifice but  continued to maintain that it was only a
murder . Later on the  villagers also  found traces of blood sprinkled all
over around the house. When the police opened the doors of the house nearly
50 days after the incident blood marks were also found inside the
building.   Still the police were not ready to consider the angle of human
sacrifice in this case. Ninganagowda , the son of Basavanagowda had
surrendered to the police saying that he had killed Basavaraja.

Members of Peoples' Democratic Forum and Swabhimani Dalita Shakti visited
the village on 9th January 2012  met the villagers including the parents
and relatives of   Basavaraja and also the police officer(Dy S P of
Ranebennuru) investigating the case.  We found that in spite of the
evidence and complaint by the parents the police are not ready to consider
the angle of human sacrifice seriously. They have been insisting that it
was only a murder committed by Ninganagowda suspecting illicit relationship
between Basavaraja and his (Ninganagowda's) wife which on verificatio does
not sound credible. The people of the village and also various other
progressive elements of the area held a protest rally and demonstration at

Ranebennuru on  30th January 2012 to press the demand to consider it as not
merely a murder but as human sacrifice. It is only then that the sorcerer,
Tatu Ajja's role will be exposed. It is essential not merely  to find out
the truth but also to prevent any recurrence of such  superstitious
practices in future. But some how the police of Ranebennuru are not
prepared to move in that direction . This will only protect the sorcerer
and the head of the family Basavanagowda.

Already an application has been made to the State Human Rights Commission
and  an appeal to the  honourable governor of Karnataka has been submitted
through the Tahasildar of Ranebennuru.


1)The police of Ranebennuru should take the complaint of the parents of
Basavaraj  seriously and treat it as a case of human sacrifice.

2)In case of the local police failing to do so the case should be handed
over to the CBI by the state government.

3)The sorcerer  Tatu Ajja and the head of the family Basavanagowda who was
responsible for the murder/sacrifice should be arrested.

3)Compensation should be paid to the family according to rules existing in
such cases.


(Swabhimani Dalita Shakti)

Nagari Babaiah

(People's Democratic Forum)

Nagaragere Ramesh

(Peoples' Democratic Form)

Kranti Govind

(Swabhimani Dalita Shakti)

Ramadas Rao

(P U C L)

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