Residents of Urundadigudde and relatives of the minor Dalit youth who was allegedly assaulted by the Kavoor police staged a protest here on Tuesday demanding action against the officers involved.

The protest was held at Kuloor junction by residents of the slum where Sahan, Dalit youth, lived. Sahan was allegedly assaulted by the police to force him to confess a role in the murder of a woman and her daughter who were stabbed to death at Panjimogaru area.

Councillor of the ward Shanta R., a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who led the protest, said Sahan had been picked up by the police in the vehicle of the slain woman's husband and beaten up in an isolated location and then dumped near Bikarnakatte.

“The police may say they made a mistake, but can they undo the pain inflicted? Can they take back what the boy's parents have gone through?” Ms. Shanta said, making it clear that it was an “apolitical” protest. Such things happen only to poor people, she said and added that if innocent people were picked up by the police, their reputation would be hurt and people would think that they had something to hide.

Sahan's uncle K. Sadashiva said his nephew was not in a position to walk and that he would not be able to work for life because of the way he was assaulted. He was still in the district Wenlock Hospital. He demanded that the officer who had beaten him up be dismissed from service. “Rather than pick up innocent people, the police should find out who is behind the murder of the woman and her daughter,” he said.

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