Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The police indulged in systematic atrocity against people in Tarfail slum in Gulbarga by resorting to lathicharge and arresting several residents, a fact-finding report of the People's Union for Civil Liberties–Karnataka (PUCL-K) has said.

Releasing the report here on Monday, Y.J. Rajendran, vice-president of PUCL-K, told presspersons that PUCL would submit the report to the National Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes Commission and National Women's Commission.

A five-member PUCL team looked into the incident that was reported on March 29 when the Superintendent of Police went to the meet a grieving family which had lost two brothers who were murdered.

Mr. Rajendran said that Superintendent of Police and a few constables went to meet the grieving family when some one in the crowd threw a stone at the official's car. Following this, the Superintendent of Police ordered lathicharge. The police reportedly barged into the residents' homes, broke furniture and electrical goods and arrested 60 persons, including three students, he said.

The report has suggested various recommendations to be implemented by the district administration and the police.

“A case against the police officials under the Indian Penal Code and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act should be filed. An independent agency must carry out an investigation,” he said.

He said that those arrested by the police and implicated in false cases should be released and the cases against them withdrawn. “Compensation should be paid to each one of the victims who were arrested, beaten or manhandled. Also, the Backward Classes Commission and Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes Commission should carry out an extensive socio-economic survey of Tarfail and other slums in Gulbarga and suggest measures to improve their socio-economic status and mobility,” he said.

Mr. Rajendran suggested that the Department of Women and Child take up a survey of the impact of the police action on women and children of Tarfail and suggest compensation for the victims.

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