Sunday, November 17, 2002

Two cops suspended for neglecting Dalit complaint

Two police officers have been placed under suspension for not initiating action following a complaint from the wife of a Dalit labourer, who was kept under detention by his landlord for failing to repay a loan of Rs 4,900.

The labourer Venkatappa of Cheemachanahalli in Devana-halli taluk was locked up in a room by the accused Subanna, of Naganayakanahalli village, his son Narayan Gowda and one Basavegowda for a day at Subanna’s residence on Thur-sday. The victim was also allegedly beaten up by them.
Venkatappa’s wife reported the matter to Vijaypur police station, where Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Krishnappa and a head constable failed to initiate action. The two were suspended by Bangalore Rural District Superintendent of Police K Srinivas.

The police later arrested Subanna under the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act and remanded him to judicial custody. A report has been submitted to Devanahalli Tahsildar.

Police said the victim Venkatappa had taken the loan seven months ago and later worked in Subanna’s farm without taking any wages. Subanna got enraged when Venkatappa said he had compensated for the loan by working for seven months. Subanna demanded that either the loan be repaid or Venkatappa should continue working in the farm.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Srinivas, expressing concern over such incidents, urged the public to file complaints of negligence in any police station, falling under his jurisdiction, with the deputy superintendents of police (DySPs) Bangalore, Dod-daballapur, Ramnagar, Channa-patna and Nelamangala sub-divisions.

Source: Deccan Herald, November 17, 2002

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