Visakhapatnam

Dalit associations condemn violent protest

Dalit associations in the city on Wednesday staged a dharna at Ambedkar Junction near LIC office condemning the untoward incidents at the GVMC during slum-dwellers' protest.

They garlanded the statue of Ambedkar and raised slogans against those who created trouble on Monday during their protest.

Corporators Koppula Venkata Rao, K. Vengala Rao, and Polipalli Jyothi and representatives of several dalit organisations were present.

Mr. Vengala Rao said POW leader Lakshmi was projecting herself as a champion of dalits' cause and wanted firm action to be taken against her for Monday's incidents.

Those who were in no way connected with Indiranagar issue were behind the trouble. She was trying to mislead people in the garb of dalits' cause, he alleged. He and other leaders met Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu later.

Mr. Ramanjaneyulu said only 22 slums were shifted as there was no alternative. Of the 741 slums, 354 would be developed in situ.

Mr. Venkata Rao, Ms. Jyothhi, K. Kanna Rao (corporator), Puhle Ambekdar Samskrutika Samakhya convener and co-conveners P. Subba Rao and G. Arjun, J Rajagopal (Relli Sangham), Bharat Nastika Samajam president Jayagopal were among those who met the Commissioner.

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