Thursday, August 08, 2002

Dalits seek CBI probe into DSS leader's murder

BANGALORE Aug. 7. Thousands of activists of the Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) took out a procession from Doddaballe near Bidadi to the Chief Minister's residence here on Wednesday.

They were demanding a CBI probe into the murder of the dalit leader, M.C. Kailash. At least 2,500 people participated in the procession, and it caused traffic snarls at several places in the City.

The other demands of the DSS were: protection to the wife and three children of the slain DSS leader, as they were still facing threats; a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to his family; and a job for his widow.

Several speakers, including Mavalli Shankar, R. Mohanraj, and Revanna, who addressed the DSS activists in the evening, demanded police provide protection for hutment dwellers in Doddaballe and regularisation of the dwellings. They said the killers of Kailash should be charged under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act.

Criticising the "failure" of the police to protect Kailash, they demanded that the Government take immediate steps to suspend the then Superintendent of Police, Bangalore Rural District, Bhaskar Rao, Inspector Rudrappa, and Sub-inspector Ravi Shankar.

The Revenue officials who allegedly colluded with unscrupulous elements in fabricating land records, which caused the dispute which led to the murder, should be placed under suspension, they said.

The leaders said that though police and the district administration knew of the threat to the life of Kailash, adequate protection was not given to him.

The City police and the district police had made tight security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident. The City police blocked the processionists at the Kumara Krupa Guest House.

Source: The Hindu, August 8, 2002

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