The November 7 attack on the three Dalit colonies of Natham, Anna Nagar and Kondampatti was an organised crime, State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) G. Ramakrishnan said here on Wednesday.
Addressing reporters after visiting the violence-affected colonies at the party office in Dharmapuri, Mr. Ramakrishnan alleged that the houses were looted in front of the police and then torched. Instead of preventing the more than four-hour attack, the police were mere spectators.
The attack followed the suicide of R. Nagaraj, a caste-Hindu, whose daughter married a Dalit youth from Natham colony. He committed suicide only because of the pressure from his community and the kangaroo court that forced him to get his daughter back.
Mr. Ramakrishnan said all the affected Dalit families should be compensated fully as per the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. As the attack happened in front of the police, it was not enough if the CB-CID of the State police investigated it. It would be better if the Central Bureau of Investigation conducted the probe into the attack and the suicide by Nagaraj. The persons behind the attack were yet to be arrested, he said.
Mr. Ramakrishnan also appealed to political parties not to create communal hatred among the people. Political leaders had the responsibility of fostering unity among the people.
Later, he also took part in a demonstration to condemn the attack. Thaiyal Nayaki, a resident of one of the colonies, narrated the trauma she and others underwent during the attack.
K. Samuel Raj, State general secretary, Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF), G. Anandan, State Committee Member of the CPI (M) and P. Dillibabu, Harur MLA, also took part in the demonstration.