Staff Reporter

By residents of Uthapuram

MADURAI: Member of Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front and residents of Uthapuram in Peraiyur taluk took out a rally here on Wednesday.

Following the demolition of a portion of the wall that prevented Dalits from entering caste Hindu areas, Dalits of Uthapuram placed their demands which included construction of a bus shelter, removal of encroachment on the newly opened pathway and assurance to use the pathway and covers for drainage, all of which remain unfulfilled even after three years.

The rally started from Gandhi Museum and reached the Collector's Office where a petition was submitted to the Personal Assistant to the Collector.

P. Sampath, State Convenor, TNUEF, who led the rally, said that the Dalits could not use the new road laid by the government and the police had not taken any action.

The government was refusing to construct a bus shelter at Uthapuram even after T.K. Rangarajan had made the allocation from MP's local area development fund.

He said that if the government did not take any action the TNUEF would organise a protest.

The plan for the protest would be chalked out during the two-day State-level conference of the TNUEF to be held at Pudukottai on May 28 and 29.

M. Thangaraj, district convenor, TNUEF; R. Annadurai, Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s Madurai urban district secretary, and C. Ramakrishnan, rural district secretary, took part in the rally.