Members of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a road roko on the National Highway near Nathampatti after they were denied permission to observe a dawn to dusk fast protesting inaction in connection with the alleged murder of a Dalit youth.
During last February, Balamurugan (24) of Paraipatti coming under Sivakasi Circle in Virudhunagar was allegedly attacked by Nathampatti policemen and had died. CPI (M) and TNUEF had been demanding CB CID inquiry into the incident but there was no action and so they called for a fast.
“The protestors gathered at Nathampatti police station on Monday where they had planned to organise the fast which was actually decided a month ago, however, when police denied permission we had to stage a road rook”, said R. Annadurai M.L.A., Madurai South who led the protest.
However, the Revenue Divisional Officer came to the spot and pacified the protestors and stated that the RDO inquiry is underway and would be completed during the coming Friday and the report will be submitted to the District Collector for further action. After the RDO's intervention and assurance the protestors called off their fast. “Already a demonstration demanding CB-CID inquiry into the incident was held in Sivakasi on March 6 but as there was no action, we had planned for a fast, and if inaction continues and the persons involved in the murder are not brought before the law, the next stage of protest would be to gherao the District Collector's office, moreover we will raise the issue in the Assembly during discussion on provision of subsidies for Police Department,” said Mr. Annadurai.
Samuel Raj, state general secretary, TNUEF, A. Sekar, district secretary, and S. Balasubramaniam, State executive council member, CPI (M) participated in the protest.