ADGP promises impartial probe into caste violence

P. L. Punia, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), on Monday will visit three Dalit colonies in Naikkankottai village of Dharmapuri district, which witnessed caste violence last week.

He will be accompanied by Lata Priyakumar, member, NCSC, sources in the district administration said here on Sunday.

On Saturday, D. Venkatesan, director, NCSC, State Office in Chennai, visited the colonies, while on Sunday, T.K. Rajendran, Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) (Law and Order), took stock of the situation in the colonies and interacted with the affected people.

Mr. Rajendran, who visited the area with Sanjay Kumar, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Salem Range, and Asra Garg and M. Ashok Kumar, Superintendents of Police in charge of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, sought the cooperation of people in the investigation.

Mr. Rajendran assured people that the police would investigate the incident without partiality and the culprits would be brought to book. The government would also undertake rehabilitation measures through the district administration.

The people conveyed to him their appreciation for measures taken by the police in restoring order.

Body cremated

Meanwhile, the body of the caste Hindu Nagarajan (whose daughter, Divya, married a Dalit youth E. Ilavarasan) who had committed suicide last Wednesday was received from the Government Medical College, Dharmapuri, by his wife N. Thenmozhi and son N. Manisekar. It was taken to a crematorium in their native Chellankottai village on Sunday. About 40 men and women, including some PMK district-level leaders, participated in the funeral amid police security, sources said.