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Wednesday 3 April 2013

Eight held, 18 booked for Dalit double murder

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News Updates 01.04.13

Eight held, 18 booked for Dalit double murder - The Hindustan Times
Move to shift crematorium in Moodbidri draws flak from Dalits - Deccan Herald

Four posing as cops gang-rape Dalit girl - The Hindu

Lathore arson victims return home after 1 year - The Times Of India

The Hindustan Times

Eight held, 18 booked for Dalit double murder

Sat Singh , Hindustan Times  Rohtak , April 01, 2013

The local police on Sunday arrested eight persons and booked 18 of Madina village of the district after two members of the Dalit community were shot dead here on Saturday.

“On the basis of the complaint of Sansar Kumar, father of Sudhir, one of the victims, we have arrested eight persons, excluding the main accused, Mandeep and Bhumi,” said Sumit Kumar, deputy superintendent of police (DSP).

A case under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and SC/ST Act has been registered.

Meanwhile, members of the Dalit community blocked the national highway 10 for around two hours on Sunday morning. Later, they also reached the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) to take possession of the bodies of Sudhir, 10, and Vikram, 22, who were allegedly murdered by three motor-cycle borne youths of an upper caste.

After raising slogans outside the hospital, the protesters took the bodies to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's residence at Model Town and demanded immediate arrest of perpetrators.

To prevent any untoward incident, heavy police force was deployed outside the chief minister's residence and inspector general of police (IGP) Anil Rao reached the spot. Later, deputy commissioner Vikas Gupta also reached the spot to placate the protesters.

Thereafter, Rao issued directions to set up a police chowki at the village to safeguard the community and prevent the incident from taking a caste hue.

Notably, tension gripped the village after three motorcycle-borne youths - Mandeep, Bhumi and one unidentified man - shot dead two members of the Dalit community on Saturday evening.

Ten-year-old Sudhir died on the spot, while Vikram and Sandeep (in early 20s) were rushed to the PGIMS where Vikram was declared brought dead.

Genesis of the issue
A fight had broken out between a few Dalits and members of an upper caste on July 15 last year. Thereafter, a case was registered by the Meham police against both the parties based on the allegations and counter allegations under the charges of criminal intimidation and physical assault.

Meham DSP Pritivi Singh said: “Both the cases are under investigation and probe in being conducted.” Sources said Mandeep, one of the accused allegedly involved in the double murder, used to stalk a Dalit girl. Though he was warned several times, nothing could deter him. In July last year, some Dalits had allegedly overpowered and trashed him after making him drink liquor.
Enraged, the upper-caste members grouped together and filed a complaint. Meanwhile, Dalits also filed a counter complaint against Mandeep and got a case registered under the SC/ST Act. Mandeep allegedly harbored a grudge against the three victims - Sudhir, Vikram and Sandeep - who had allegedly thrashed him.

Police laxity
While protesters staged a dharna outside the chief minister's residence, commuters bore the brunt.

Police force, though present in large number, didn't navigate the motorists to take a circumvent route to prevent unnecessary hassle owing to gravity of the situation. Unmindful of the road blockade, a motorcyclist tried to pass the road but was assaulted by the protesters. Various women on two-wheelers were chased away by the protesters, while police personnel remained stationed at a safe distance.

Deccan Herald
Move to shift crematorium in Moodbidri draws flak from Dalits

Mangalore: April 1, 2013 DH News Service
The members of Dalit community have raised severe objection over the move of the Moodbidri tahsildar to shift the crematorium from the existing location to near the Dalit colony in Jyothinagar.
Raising the issue at the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes monthly grievance meeting at the Police Commissioner’s office on Sunday, Dalit leader Jagadish Pandeshwar alleged the tahsildar of trying to shift the crematorium in a bid to help a builder.

“Though the existing crematorium has been recently developed at a cost of Rs 10 lakh, the local administration has proposed to shift the crematorium near the Dalit colony.

The conspiracy has been hatched reportedly to help a builder who intends to build an apartment house near the existing crematorium. Shifting the crematorium from the present location will increase the demand for the flats in the apartment building,” he said.

Furthermore, he added that the local administration has made the move, despite the deputy commissioner’s order an year ago, directing not to shift the crematorium from the present location. All the nine families in the Dalit colony oppose the move, Jagadish said.

Meanwhile, Lakshman and Nalini couple from Amblamogaru village in Konaje police station limits complained against the Konaje police of threatening and abusing them over a road issue.

Speaking on behalf of them, Dalit Sangharsh Samiti leader S P Anand said that people belonging to rich families are attempting to encroach the land belonging to Lakshman and his mother Gangu at Amblamogaru. 

Of the 50 cents belonging to the SC family, the opposition group is trying to encroach a few meters of land to construct a road.

Despite the court ordering in favour of Lakshman and asking to maintain status quo, the court order has been violated, he stated.

Nalini alleged the Konaje SI of threatening and abusing the couple and asking them to give away the land.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Dharmaiah assured of sending Assistant Commissioner of Police for spot inspection and look into the issue.

SP Anand also complained against the police for not taking action against a rowdy sheeter in Kavoor who has been booked in nine criminal cases. Even if he is arrested, the police treat him well in the station and release him soon, Dalit Sangharsh Samiti leader claimed.

The Hindu

Four posing as cops gang-rape Dalit girl

Staff Reporter


The four accused persons attempt to murder 17-year-old girl

A 17-year-old Dalit girl survived a murderous attack after sexual assault, allegedly by four persons, who posed as plainclothes policemen at Singarakonda under Addanki police station limits in Prakasam district in the wee hours of Thursday.

Two of the accused were nabbed. Based on the information given by them, their associates were held later in the day, Superintendent of Police K. Raghuram Reddy said. The four followed the girl and her male relative after noticing that they were moving away from the crowd of devotees towards a hillock. Posing as plainclothesmen, they persistently questioned the two, including about their caste, and intimidated them. They then took the girl to a secluded place near a Gurukula Patasala and committed the offence, Dr. Reddy said.

They tried to strangle her, but fled after some devotees raised an alarm and alerted two police constables, he said.

Based on the complaint lodged by the girl and her relative, the four accused were booked for gang—rape under Section 376 of the IPC and under relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention) of Atrocities Act.

The Times Of India
Lathore arson victims return home after 1 year

TNN | Apr 1, 2013, 02.06 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: It was homecoming for the 218 Dalit arson victims of Lathore in Balangir district as they returned to their colony from the relief camp on Sunday. They moved to the newly-constructed houses, built under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), in presence of chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes P L Punia.

Official sources said 40 houses in the Dalit colony were allegedly torched by upper caste people following a scuffle between the two communities on January 23, 2012. While 21 houses, which were completely gutted, were replaced by IAY houses, constructed at a cost of Rs 2.10 lakh each, the remaining 19 were repaired to ensure early return of the affected families.

Punia, who was here to unveil a statue of B R Ambedkar at the colony, said the state government is yet to provide basic facilities to victims. "Along with the houses, we had appealed to the government to provide electricity, water connection, roads and toilets in the colony. I will take up the issue with the authorities concerned to ensure proper facilities at the earliest," he said.

During his visit to Lathore last year, Punia had accused the district police of not restraining the perpetrators from causing damage to property of the Dalits.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had also served notice on the state government seeking a report on the incident within four weeks.

Police had arrested 49 people in connection with the arson.

.Arun Khote
On behalf of
Dalits Media Watch Team
(An initiative of “Peoples Media Advocacy & Resource Centre-PMARC”

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