Staff Reporter

Party to stage demonstration at Kalkeri village today

KRISHNAGIRI: The attacks on Dalits at Kalkeri village near Denkanikottai and at Ittikal Agaram were instigated by some police personnel, alleged D. Raveendran, district secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist), on Sunday.

In a statement issued here, he said that clash between two communities erupted on Friday after a constable attached to the Special Branch-CID had a feast with his family members in one of the caste Hindu dominated villages.

After he left the village, youths from the caste Hindu community attacked the houses of Dalits and damaged the vehicles.

In another statement, Thali taluk secretary of CPI (M) Sekar alleged that ever since police and revenue officials escorted the Dalits to Anjaneyar Temple and Karakamman Temple on January 1, 2009, they have been attacked and intimidated several times. As many as 11 complaints had been lodged in Thali police station, but no action was taken.

The Dalits were denied entry to their fields. On coming to know about this, the Revenue Divisional Officer went to the village with police force. The villagers resisted and a Dalit youth Murugesan was attacked in front of the RDO, he said.

Even during the peace talk held on March 5, the Dalits agreed to withdraw the petitions against caste Hindus. And then a group of peace-loving caste Hindus welcomed their action and assured to reciprocate, Mr. Sekar added.

To protest against the atrocities on Dalits, the CPI (M) had decided to stage a demonstration at Kalkeri village on Monday.

Anisha Hussein, Superintendent of Police, could not be contacted for her comments.