Dalits under the aegis of the Kula Vivaksha Porata Samiti staged a demonstration in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Kanigiri town on Thursday to register their protest over deplorable living condition of SCs and STs.

Even as the nation celebrated 63rd Republic day, atrocities on dalits continued unchecked. A majority of them lived below poverty line and funds allotted for their betterment diverted for other purposes by those in power, alleged KVPS district secretary A. Malyadri while leading the protest.

Conviction rate under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act was very poor. The Justice Punnaiah panel report was not implemented properly by the government, they alleged.