Three members of a Dalit family staged a protest here on Tuesday against the alleged apathy of the police in initiating action against a person who allegedly encroached upon their land.

Siddamma (85), her son Mallaiah (60) and his wife, Savithramma, residents of Cheeranahalli in Kothathi hobli, staged the protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

They said the State government allotted a piece of land to Siddamma in 1973. However, N. Yalakki Gowda from their village had encroached upon the land. “We cannot face Yalakki Gowda as we are Dalits,” Siddamma told The Hindu .

They said that Mr. Gowda had been harassing them for several years.

“He threatened to kill us. We approached the Mandya rural police on several occasions. But the police are hesitating to initiate action against Mr. Gowda as he belongs to an ‘upper’ caste,” she said. They later submitted memorandums at the offices of Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah and Superintendent of Police Borase Bhushan Gulab Rao demanding action against Mr. Gowda.