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Ravikmar submits reports, shows scars to official

CUDDALORE. Kattumannarkoil MLA D. Ravikumar deposed before District Collector Rajendra Ratnoo here, giving an account of the police assault on him at Sagajananda Nagar at Sedapalayam near here recently.

Besides submitting a 10-page report on the incident, the MLA also showed the scars of the baton attack on him to the Collector and answered pertinent questions posed by the latter.

The MLA suffered injuries in his left arm, right shoulder and right leg, necessitating hospitalization for four days. The government ordered the District Collector, who is also the District Magistrate, to conduct the inquiry under Police Standing Orders 151.

It is for the first time that a PSO probe is being conducted by a District Collector. Hitherto, such an inquiry had been assigned either to the District Revenue Officer or to the Revenue Divisional Officer.

A copy of the MLA's report made available to this correspondent blamed the police for having indulged in such an abominable act with casteist feelings and with a motive to bring disrepute to the government.

The MLA opined that since the Delta police comprised mostly persons from a particular community it could also have been the reason for the attack on him and three others namely Gnanam alias Arivudai Nambi, Panneerselvam and Valluvan who accompanied him.

Compensation

Though Mr Ravikumar did not seek any compensation for himself, he requested the Collector to arrange for compensation to the three others, and also take appropriate action against the police personnel who carried out the attack.

The MLA stated that when Siva, a functionary of the Dalit Panthers of India, questioned the objectionable manner in which certain persons were indulging in New Year eve revelry he was done to death. On January 2 when the funeral procession was underway some miscreants started pelting stones sparking panic among the mourners. Huts en route to the graveyard went up in flames.

Mr Ravikumar noted that during the entire episode he was moving along with the police and yet they vented their ire on him by thrashing him with batons.

On January 4, the MLA met Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi and gave a written account of the incident. The Chief Minister told the MLA that he would treat this as a complaint and take appropriate action, and the inquiry followed.

Meanwhile, DPI general secretary Thol.Thirumavalavan has gone on record calling for a judicial enquiry by a retired judge of the Madras High Court and disbanding of the Delta police division.

The Collector is scheduled to hold a public enquiry on January 25. He is directed to submit his findings to the government within three weeks.

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