Thursday, October 29, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Conduct fair probe into the attacks against Dalits: Solidarity

Conduct fair probe into the attacks against Dalits: Solidarity
Submitted by admin4 on 29 October 2009 - 6:11pm.
By Staff Correspondent,

Kochi: A fair and complete probe should be carried out on the attacks
on Dalits in Varkkala in Thiruvananthapuram, demanded Solidarity Youth
Movement. All groups of people should come forward to fight against
the plot to eliminate a people charging them with terrorism, urged KA
Shafeek, state vice-president of the youth organisation.

The Solidarity accused that a Dalit-hunt was going on in Varkkala. The
police and goons are making life difficult in the colonies. The police
have given the goons permission to enter any house and conduct search.
The attack that took place last day was carried out in retaliation
against the peaceful march of the people opposing the police-goon
nexus. Media should not believe what the police say in order to hide
these facts. The media should be ready to reveal true facts, Shafeek
said. He added that the Varkkala incidents should be investigated by
any agency that can conduct a fair probe.

The leaders of the organisation visited the people admitted to
hospitals after being injured in the attacks of last day.

In another development, some women admitted to the hospital after
having been injured in last day's attacks were forcefully discharged
by a group of people. The men are reportedly activists of the Shiv
Sena. However, the doctors did not let Leela, who was in the Intensive
Care Unit, to be discharged. Vava (17), Sasikala (42) and Thulasi
(40), all residents of Thoduve Colony, had to be discharged.

Goons had reportedly opened attack on the women in the colony on
Tuesday night. About 10 were injured in the brutal attacks.

Problems arose following the murder of Siva Prasad, a trader in
Varkkala. The police questioned the people of Dalit colonies as part
of investigation and it reportedly led to a massive hunt of Dalits by
the police and goons. The natives of the Dalit colonies like Varkkala
Thoduve, Vadasserikonam Ambedkar Colony, Muthana Colony, Vilappuram
Colony, Cheerunkuzhi Colony, Venkod Colony etc were reportedly
harassed and tortured by the police as well as the goons.

The Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes Coordination Committee has
decided to send a petition to the Prime Minster on the mater. The
state leaders of the organisation will reportedly hand over the
petition to the Prime Minster in New Delhi. The Solidarity had sent a
fact-finding committee to the affected colonies where majority of the
residents are Scheduled castes and Scheduled tribes. Human rights
organisations in the state have condemned the denial of basic rights
to the Dalits in Varkkala, but the mainstream media and political
parties do not reportedly seem much interested in the matter.


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[ZESTCaste] HC seeks details of SC, STs in BBMP wards
HC seeks details of SC, STs in BBMP wards
Bangalore, Oct 28, DHNS:
The High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to file an
affidavit furnishing details related to SC, ST population in each BBMP
ward and the details of the percentage of SC, ST women in each of
these wards. The affidavit has to be filed on Thursday.

The Court further instructed the State government to clarify Clause 5
and 6 of the BBMP guidelines, about reservation of wards for various
categories. "We will interpret the guidelines based on the
submission," Justice H N Nagamohan Das observed. BBMP, in its
affidavit on Wednesday, had stated that Urban Development Department
was responsible for the formation of wards and reservations and all
the ward-wise statistics was with them.
Rejecting the government advocate M C Nagashree's plea for more time
to submit the affidavit, Justice H N Nagamohan Das said it was not
possible to delay as October 23 was the date fixed by the division
bench to announce a schedule for the elections. "From 2006, we have
delayed this. There is no justification for further postponement," he
Location to be shifted
The BBMP on Wednesday informed the High Court that it has decided to
shift the location of late actor Rajkumar's idol on J C Road. Advocate
B V Puttegowda had filed a PIL, asking the idol to be installed next
to Kittur Chennamma's statue near Town Hall, as the present location
would block the view of Kittur Chennamma's idol.
BBMP's counsel told the Court that it had already sought the consent
of the State government to change the location and once the consent
was given, the Palike would look for appropriate place to install it.
The petitioners had contended that the BBMP had disregarded its
earlier decision to install the statue in the park next to Kittur
Chenamma's statue and chose a place that would block Chenamma statue's
view. In view of government's submission, the division bench
comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice Mohan
Shantanagoudar has asked the
BBMP to proceed on it and disposed the matter.

[ZESTCaste] CM’s Reddy-made riposte
CM's Reddy-made riposte
He shunts out Bellary officials known to be close to the mining
barons, brings in those who are 'not so obliging'
Bangalore Mirror Bureau
Posted On Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 12:59:32 AM
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who has been under fire from Bellary's
Reddy brothers since the past few months, fired a salvo of his own on
Wednesday by shunting out bureaucrats, who are considered close to his
detractors, from their current postings in Bellary district, the Reddy
brothers' pocketborough. Not only that, Yeddyurappa has replaced them
with officials who are known to have caused problems for the Reddy
group in the past.
Yeddyurappa cut short his tour of Mysore and Kodagu districts and
returned to Bangalore early on Wednesday. The first thing he did was
to move out Bellary's Deputy Commissioner Shivappa, Superintendent of
Police Seemanth Kumar Singh and District Conservator of Forests
Muthaiah, as well as the state health department's principal secretary
I R Perumal.
The chief minister reportedly instructed his office to see that the
transfer orders were formalised before 10.30 am, and to ensure that
the officials handed over charge to those posted in their place. A
transfer order in normal circumstances takes more than 24 hours to
take effect, sometimes more than a week. By this yardstick,
Wednesday's orders are the quickest in recent years.
Bellary DC Shivappa is a distant relative of health minister B
Sriramulu, who is a close confidant of the Reddy brothers. In his
place, the chief minister has posted IAS officer Harsh Gupta, who was
hitherto the Bidar DC.
As district SP, Yeddyurappa has brought in a police officer who had
given sleepless nights to the Reddy brothers during H D Kumaraswamy's
chief ministerial tenure. Dr D C Rajappa, a promotee rank SP, replaces
Seemanth Kimar Singh, who is a direct IPS officer. The Reddy brothers
were reportedly instrumental in getting Singh posted to Bellary. In
fact, Singh was spotted travelling with the Reddy brothers in their
helicopter during the last Lok Sabha elections.
Rajappa was additional SP when Kumaraswamy was the chief minister, and
had booked illegal mining cases against the Reddy brothers. The Lok
Ayukta had raided Rajappa and booked a case under the Prevention of
Corruption Act against him for possessing wealth disproportionate to
his known sources of income. Despite that blot on his record, he has
been posted as Bellary SP.
District Conservator of Forests Muthappa, who was reportedly toeing
the line of the Reddy brothers by allowing illegal mining activities
in the forest areas of the district, has been replaced by Vishwajeeth
In what could be seen as a snub to Sreeramulu, the chief minister has
replaced principal secretary of the health department I R Perumal with
senior IAS officer Madan Gopal, without consulting the health
minister. Earlier, Sreeramulu had brought in Perumal in place of Madan
Gopal, with whom the health minister reportedly had differences.
Following the recent flood havoc in the state, Yeddyurappa had
transferred Gadag DC N V Prasad, reportedly for non-performance. This
had irked Sreeramulu, who is the minister in-charge for Gadag.
Reacting to the chief minister's transfer orders while speaking at a
function in Siruguppa, tourism minister Janardhana Reddy reportedly
said, "He is targeting SC/ST officers. The other day, he transferred
the Gadag DC. Today, it is the Bellary DC and the health department's
principal secretary. This government is anti-Dalit."
Incidentally, most of the officers who are close to the Reddy brothers
and Sreeramulu belong to the SC and ST communities. Sreeramulu himself
belongs to the Valmiki ST community, which had boosted the BJP's
fortunes in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections in North Karnataka.

[ZESTCaste] When Dalits show the way
By Manan Kumar
29 Oct 2009 02:01:00 AM IST
When Dalits show the way
NEW DELHI: When the elite club of climate change assembles for a
rendezvous at Copenhagen on December 7, it can take some lessons from
a group of indigenous communities on how to live without jeopardising
the ecology and thus affecting the climate.
Parallel to the COP15, these people of indigenous communities, across
five major ecosystems of the subcontinent, will also come together to
share their common heritage of community knowledge that enables them
to live without harming the climate but who are fast becoming victims
of global greed led by big corporates. In a first-of-its-kind move,
Dalit farmers of Dindigal and Sivakasi and Paravas, Muthurayars, and
Nadar from Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu, Dongri Kondhis, Kauntas,
Khatias, Pandras and Lolias of Orissa, women Dalit farmers from Medhak
in Orissa, Baigas of Chhattisgarh, Bhils of Madhya Pradesh, Santhals
from Jharkhand and Chakesang Nagas from Nagaland deliberated on the
challenges of climate crisis and dissemination of the knowledge that
enables them to sustain themselves in some of the harshest habitats
with multiple challenges.
Anchored by Andhra's Deccan Development Society, they met here on
Wednesday and issued "We have the Power to Heal the Climate" _ a
community charter on climate crisis.

[ZESTCaste] Rape accused widens bars with bare hands, escapes lock up

Rape accused widens bars with bare hands, escapes lock up
TNN 28 October 2009, 10:51pm IST

BHAVNAGAR: A man who had raped his minor niece in Modha village of
Mahuva taluka two years ago escaped from a lock-up on Tuesday
afternoon after
widening its bars with his bare hands.

Lakha Dalit escaped from within the Mahuva court complex while he was
eating his lunch in an old jail room within the premises, police said.

"Lakha was booked for rape of his 12-year-old niece in Moda village in
2007. Based on the girl's complaint at Kutadwa police station, Lakha
was arrested and later sent to jail by the local court. On Tuesday, he
was brought to Mahuva for a hearing," said a police official.

"As proceedings went on till late in the afternoon, Lakha was given
lunch in an old jail room, which is not in current use," he said, "The
two constables of Mahuva police station, who were guarding Lakha went
to eat food themselves. Lakha took this opportunity and managed to
bend the prison grills, as they were very old and not strong."

"Lakha was scared that he would be convicted after Tuesday's hearing
as the rape victim, now 14, spoke against him clearly with full
details of the crime.," said SS Sheikh police inspector of Mahuva
police station, who is investigating the case.

"We have alerted all nearby police stations and put up road blocks,"
Sheikh said on Wednesday evening, by when police had made no headway.
"We sent the girl and her father to their village with full police
protection. Police will be guarding their house as well," Sheikh said.
Police expect to nab Lakha soon as he has no money and no means of

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