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Emphatic: State vice-president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties P.B. D’sa speaking at a dharna in Udupi on Saturday.
Emphatic: State vice-president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties P.B. D’sa speaking at a dharna in Udupi on Saturday.

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Janapara Vedike stages protest

Udupi: The Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti and the Janapara Vedike staged a dharna at the taluk office here on Saturday demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the “suspicious death” of Padmapriya Bhat, wife of Udupi MLA K. Raghupati Bhat.

Speaking on the occasion, Pattabhirama Somayaji, a scholar, said that on assuming power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised to make the State on a par with Gujarat. “The death of a farmer on account of police firing in Haveri, farmers suicides in different parts of the State, and now the suspicious death of Padmapriya Bhat makes one wonder whether the party is really keen on progress. There are too many unanswered questions in this case and only a CBI probe might reveal the truth, he said.

Convener of the Udupi district unit of the Karnataka Dalit Sanghasha Samiti Jayan Malpe said the Bharatiya Janata Party Government had not done well so far in the State. Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes should impress upon the Centre the need for a CBI probe, he added.

State vice-president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties P.B. D’sa and president of the Janapara Vedike Sriram Divana spoke.

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