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Suspend policemen involved in Paramakudi firing: CPI (M)

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It was a clear case of police excess and not a caste clash

COMFORTING: G. Ramakrishnan, CPI (M) State Secretary, and R. Annadurai, MLA, enquiring the youth injured in the Paramakudi riots at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on Wednesday. — Photo: S. James.
COMFORTING: G. Ramakrishnan, CPI (M) State Secretary, and R. Annadurai, MLA, enquiring the youth injured in the Paramakudi riots at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on Wednesday. — Photo: S. James.

: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded the immediate suspension of policemen involved in the Paramakudi firing incident in which six Dalits were killed. G. Ramakrishnan. State secretary, visited the Government Rajaji Hospital here on Wednesday and met the injured victims.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that the whole episode was a clear case of police excess and not a caste clash.

The judicial inquiry would lose its purpose if the policemen involved were not suspended as they could easily influence the process of inquiry.

The arrest of Dalit leader John Pandian was not at all required on that day when Dalits gathered at Paramakudi in huge numbers, he opined. He demanded the immediate withdrawal of Section 144 imposed in Ramanathapuram as it had been more than ten days since the incident took place.

“How they can implicate 1,000 persons in the case when the fault lies with the policemen themselves,” he asked. Answering a question on continuing oppression of Dalits by state, he referred to the previous incidents of Kodiyankulam, Tamirabarani and Uthapuram where there was police excess and said that the State should have the real will to stop atrocities against Dalits in any form.

The leader was accompanied by R. Annadurai, M.L.A., and K. Samuel Raj, general secretary, Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front.

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