The State government has still not approved the charge sheet against Mangalore University student Vittal Malekudiya, who has been accused of supporting Maoists, said Abhishek Goyal, Superintendent of Police, here on Sunday.

The issue was raised by Dalit activist Shekar L. at the monthly Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes meeting, where he demanded to know why the police had not yet charge sheeted the resident of Kuthlur, who along with his father had been arrested on March 3 and subsequently released on bail four months later. “It’s been more than a year since he was released, and he still doesn’t know the status of the case. This will affect his studies. If the police have proof, they should charge sheet him, if not, they should release him. Why the delay?” he said.

Mr. Goyal said the charge sheet sent by the district police had not yet been approved by the Home Department. “There are numerous charge sheets, even dating to 2005, that are still with the Home Department,” he said.

The Dalit activist also brought up the issue of Banjarmale, a Malekudiya colony, whose only access is through the Yenepoya estate. “People cannot enter the village without their permission,” he said, and added 20 households were still without electricity there after having been cheated by a private contractor of Rs. 1,500 each.

The matter would be looked into after a written complaint, said Mr. Goyal.

Somanath, a Dalit activist from Puttur, said 17 labourers working for a contractor in charge of construction in Puttur General Hospital had been cheated of Rs. 1.42 lakh in Provident Fund money. He said Rs. 700 was cut from the monthly salaries of each of the labourers for the one year duration they were with the company. A Department of Civil Rights Enforcement official said notices had been sent to the contractor and the District Health Officer.

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