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Many of the officers have not been given new postings Many officials were given inconsequential postings: samiti

The samiti will launch a protest on July 24 in protest against attacks on DalitsThey allege encroachment of housing sites meant for Dalits and minorities at Khaja Kotnur village in Gulbarga

GULBARGA: The Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (Sagar) on Tuesday accused the JD(S)-BJP coalition Government of transferring senior officers belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Backward Classes from "key positions" this year.

Addressing a press conference here, DSS State convenor D.G. Sagar, organising convener Malleshi Sajjan and district convenor Arjun Bhadre said almost all the officers belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes in the State were transferred from key posts. While some were given inconsequential posting, others were yet to be given posting.

He said that the senior officers including Jyothi Ramalingam, who was the Commissioner of the Bangalore City Corporation, and secretary of the Minor Irrigation Department E. Venktaiah were prematurely transferred. Similarly, Inspector General of Police Kempaiah had been shunted out. Mr. Sajjan said that the DSS has decided to launch a demonstration on July 24 in the district in protest against attacks on Dalits in the State and submit a memorandum addressed to the Governor.

Encroachment

He said the administration was turning a blind eye to the encroachment of lands allotted to Scheduled Caste and Minority families in Khaja Kotnur village in Gulbarga taluk.

He said the Minor Irrigation Department officials had acquired land near the lands owned by the math to provide alternative housing sites to Dalit and minorities families who had lost their houses in the Minor Irrigation Project of the Khaja Kotnur Tank in the village.

However, Mr. Sajjan said the math authorities had illegally occupied these plots by demolishing a few thatched houses and foundations already laid by the allottees, saying that the land was required to organise car festival of the math.

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