For perpetuating violence against Dalits in Ittikal Agaram
KRISHNAGIRI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded action against the caste Hindu bigwigs in Ittikal Agaram village, who are perpetuating violence against the Dalits.
The CPI(M) MLA Magendran, who led the demonstration in front of the Revenue Divisonal Office in Krishnagiri district on Tuesday evening said, caste Hindus were indulging in violence against the Dalits by not allowing them to do farming activities in the land allotted to them by the district administration. They were unleashing violence and not allowing the Dalits to enter the land they were doing farming activities for the past 30 years.
Mr. Magendran alleged that a group of caste Hindus attacked two scribes and damaged their cameras, when they went to the village. They were not allowed to perform their professional duties.
The scribes were admitted in Krishshnagiri Government General Hospital for about one week. The same was conveyed to the Additional Director General of Police, but no action was taken.
The caste Hindus continued their attacks on Dalits. If the police had initiated action, the violence could have been controlled in the area, Mr. Magendran said.
The Chief Minister had announced in the Assembly that 1.72 lakh people were given free patta of two-acre land. But, in the case of Ittikal Agaram, the Dalits were denied patta for the past 30 years even though they were doing farming activities in the land, he said.
“We welcome the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government’s Samathuvapuram concept, but creating Samavathuvapurams in isolated places will not any way bring equality among the people,” Mr. Magendran said.
More than 200 people participated in the demonstration.
Later Mr. Magendran, CPI (M) district secretary T. Ravindran and others met the Revenue Divisional Officer and submitted a memorandum highlighting their demand.