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Following protest by Dalits flaying police action

COMMOTION:Police holding talks with Dalits who staged a protest at Anuppanadi in Madurai on Thursday.— Photo: R. Ashok
COMMOTION:Police holding talks with Dalits who staged a protest at Anuppanadi in Madurai on Thursday.— Photo: R. Ashok

Dalits staged a protest in front of B. R. Ambedkar statue at Anuppanadi here condemning police action against youth of their community.

The protestors said that motorcycle-borne miscreants entered the area on Thursday afternoon with weapons and clubs and asked the shopkeepers in the Nadutheru area to down shutters.

However, a few Dalit youths chased away the miscreants but the police who came to the spot arrested Dalit youth Suresh (28) and Lakshmanan(27) who had chased them away. The police should release them and take action against the people who had indulged in violence.

The villagers alleged that during the bandh on Wednesday, motorcycle-borne miscreants entered Nadutheru in Anuppanadi demanding closure of shops and damaged two petty shops.

The police had been harassing Dalit youths since the October 30 tragedy. Later in the evening, after holding talks with the elders in the community, the police personnel released the youths.

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