Wednesday, October 01, 2003

'Police conniving with accused in atrocities against Dalits'

BANGALORE, Sept 30

Social Welfare Minister A Krishnappa today said that it has come to the notice of the Government that police were conniving with the accused persons in cases of atrocities against the Dalits and he had already wrote to Home Minister to take disciplinary action against such police officers and personnel.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Krishnappa said that persons having political influence and "muscle power" were harassing Dalits. Later, in a bid to escape from the clutches of the law, such persons were also influencing police to twist details on attacks on Dalits while preparing the first information report (FIR). Mr Krishnappa also said that he had requested Home Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge to plug the loopholes in the law. Admitting that there was a delay in the distribution of compensation to the Dalits in cases of atrocities against them, Mr Krishnappa said that steps were being taken to distribute compensation within a month.

COMPUTERS: Mr Krishnappa said that the government has taken a decision to supply computers, LPG and television sets to 3,500 Backward Classes, SC and ST, and Minority students' hostels in the State at the cost of Rs 70 crore.

The government has already released Rs 10 crore for the purpose, he added. This step was taken after finding out that hostels on Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have better facilities than that those in State, the minister said. Mr Krishnappa said that the Government has suspended 4 officials and 132 employees attached to these hostels on the charges of dereliction of duty.

Source: Deccan Herald, October 1, 2003

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