Chennai, June 7 (BPNS)
A group of Dalits has alleged that the police in Tiruppur are lethargic in taking action against three upper caste men who had assaulted a Dalit farmer belonging to the Adi Dravida community and his niece.
The farmer, P. Subramanian told BPNS that on May 17 he was chatting with a group of friends and his niece Malathy near their home and a group of upper caste men came along.
He charged that on seeing the Dalit people sitting, the upper caste men showered abuses and then came near to him and assaulted him and his niece.
Subramanian said, “ When the three upper caste men found us sitting they questioned and started showering abuses. I questioned them as to why they were showering abuses, they started beating us and I was hit with an iron rod on my shoulder. I got injured and my niece Malathy was also hurt.”
He said that he had raised a complaint against three Upper caste men, Chinnappa, Narayanasamy and Mahesh with the local police and the police came to the hospital and took their statement.
However, even after two weeks have passed, the police did not arrest any of the three accused eventhough cases were registered under the SC/ ST Atrocities Act.
The Dharapuram police registered a case against three under the SC/ST Atrocities Act but there was no progress and the three were still not arrested.
When contacted an officer told BPNS that the three youths against whom cases were registered had applied for anticipatory bail at Madras High Court.
The court directed them to surrender before the local court within 15 days but they have still not surrendered.
K . Krishnappa (35) of Ambedkar Study Centre at Tiruppur, a Dalit movement working for the upliftment of Dalit community members while speaking to BPNS said, “ The police is slowing down in the case just because we are Dalits and we are planning to take up agitations against this lethargy and inaction of police.”