Party distributes relief materials to Dalit families
MADURAI: If fighting against untouchability led to State repression in the form of police atrocities, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will not remain a mute spectator, but mobilise all democratic forces and fight against it, said N.Varadarajan, State secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Mr.Varadarajan on Saturday visited Uthapuram village and distributed relief materials, including utensils, blankets and rice bags to Dalits, who were affected by police excesses” on October 1.
“Pathway not free”
Addressing the villagers, he said that the Dalits were not able to freely use the pathway created after the demolition of the wall. He condemned the State Government for not fulfilling the basic demands, such as bus shelter and drainage cover, raised by the Dalits.
He also asked for immediate provision of relief.
Mr.Varadarajan said that CPI (M) Rajya Sabha member T.K.Rangarajan’s constituency fund could be used to build the bus shelter and provide drainage cover if there was a fund shortage.
The relief materials were given to 93 families. Even after 40 years of Dravidian rule in the State, untouchability was prevalent in various forms and dividing the working classes.
Citing the example of the removal of a barbed wire fence across the residences of people of different castes in a village near Vellore, he said that the demolition of wall in Uthapuram had led to agitations in many places against untouchability.
Sri Lankan Tamils issue
Stating that a united Sri Lanka with special status and protection for Tamils was the stand of CPI (M), Mr. Varadarajan asked the island nation to stop the killing of innocent Tamils.
He said that the Central Government should send medicines and other relief material through International Red Cross.
Madurai East MLA N. Nanmaran, Madurai MP P. Mohan, State council member of CPI (M) R.Jothiram and rural district secretary V. Sundaram were present during the visit.