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Over 5,000 Dalit students march in Bengaluru seeking better facilities

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Over 5,000 Dalit students tried to march towards Vidhana Soudha from Freedom Park in Bengaluru, demanding better facilities for them.

The protesters, who hailed from Mysuru, Mandya and other parts of Karnataka, converged at the Majestic railway station and began marching towards Freedom Park where they were supposed to stage a protest. Mostly members of the Bahujana Vidyarthi Sangha, the protesters demanded reservation at private companies. They also demanded a hike in their food remuneration from Rs. 32 to Rs. 100. Dalit students are entitled to Rs. 32 per day to meet their food-related costs. The students contended that when a jail inmate is entitled to Rs. 75/day of food expenses, why are Dalit students entitled to less, according to a press release from their organisation.

Tension prevailed when the protesters tried to barge into Vidhana Soudha by cutting across barricades, to meet the Chief Minister. The police managed to contain the protesters and resorted to mild lathi charge to disperse the crowd. Traffic movement was disrupted for sometime in the busy Seshadri Road and the traffic police managed the situation by diverting vehicles to adjacent roads.

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Printable version | Dec 16, 2019 12:43:10 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/over-5000-dalit-students-march-to-vidhana-soudha-seeking-better-facilities/article8188818.ece

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