Andhra Pradesh Rythu Coolie Sangham has described issue of the GO to appoint special trial court at Lakshmipeta in Srikakulam district where five dalits were killed brutally on July 12 last year as a victory of Lakshmipeta Dalit Sangheebhava Porata Committee. The GO was issued on January 4.

The committee members with Bojja Tarakam as its convenor launched agitations for the arrest of the accused throughout the State, said Simhadri Jhansi, State president of RCS, at a press conference in Parvathipuram on Thursday.

She said the committee had put three demands before the government for settlement. Of which, the demand to arrest the accused and appointment of special court at Lakshmipeta were achieved. The other demand was for distribution of 250 acres of land under Madduvalasa Reservoir Project to the Lakshmipeta victims and other dalits in the village and it was yet to be materialised.

Thanking all democratic organisations for their support to the agitation, Ms. Jhansi said that the sangham had decided to conduct bus yatra on February 15, 16 and 17 in the three north coastal districts for achieving the third demand.

Gang-rape incident

On the Delhi rape incident, she criticised the government for turning blind eye towards objectionable cinemas, programmes on television and also promotion of liquor sale. She demanded amendment to the legislations in force for protection of woman rights. According to government statistics, 24,000 cases of rape and 8,500 molestation cases were reported during last year.

On increase in power tariff, she called upon people to launch agitation as the proposed increase at regular intervals was causing hardship to common man. Sangham district secretary D. Verma was present.

Issue of the GO on the special court is a victory of Lakshmipeta Dalit Sangheebhava Porata Committee, says APRYC