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Police may allow phone-in for Dalits

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‘The number will be given one week before the meeting'

A.S. Rao, Superintendent of Police, Dakshina Kannada , at a meeting in Mangalore on Sunday.
A.S. Rao, Superintendent of Police, Dakshina Kannada , at a meeting in Mangalore on Sunday.

A phone-in facility will be set up to enable persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to air their grievances at the monthly meeting with police, said A.S. Rao, Superintendent of Police, here on Sunday.

Mr. Rao said postponement of meetings might be one of the reasons for the poor turnout during the last few meetings. However, starting the phone-in facility would help the people communicate their problems as travelling to Mangalore was difficult for many, he said. He said the phone-in programme was in place a few years ago. The number would be provided to activists one week before the next meeting, Mr. Rao said. Member of Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkarwada) S.P. Anand said action had not been taken on the unnatural death report (UDR) of Sheena whose body was found near Uppinangady bus-stand last May. He said there was a suspicion that he had been murdered. An officer concerned with the case said the victim had consumed alcohol and died.

He said the cause of death could not be ascertained until the forensic report was obtained.

Mr. Rao directed him and other officials to find out why the report had been delayed. Vishwanath from Bantwal requested Mr. Rao to look into a government scheme meant for autorickshaws from minority communities and backward classes.

He said under the scheme, a beneficiary got Rs. 75,000 aid from the Government and the rest of the money required for an autorickshaw (around Rs. 47,000) was to be taken as loan from a private financial institution rather than a nationalised bank.

Mr. Rao said that he would look into the matter.

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