Karnataka - Bijapur

Dalits take out procession, stage dharna in Bijapur

Staff Correspondent

IN PROTEST:Members of Karnataka Rajya Dalit Sangharsh Samiti staging a
dharna in Bijapur on Friday.

Bijapur: Members of the Bijapur district unit of the Karnataka Rajya
Dalit Sangharsh Samiti staged a dharna in front of the Deputy
Commissioner's office here on Friday urging the authorities to fulfil
their various demands, including a hostel for all eligible Dalit
students in the district.

The agitators took out a procession from Gandhi Chowk through the main
streets of the city to the Deputy Commissioner's office. They raised
slogans against the State Government and Chief Minister B.S.
Yeddyurappa for not fulfilling their demands even after their repeated

The agitators demanded that the authorities concerned should take
steps to construct new hostel buildings in the district depending on
the increasing strength of Dalit students and provide them with
necessary facilities. The loans taken by Dalits from the Dr. B.R.
Ambedkar Development Corporation should be waived and all backlog
posts be filled in the State, they said.

The other demands of the agitators include providing permanent below
poverty line cards to all Dalits in the district, construction of Dr.
B.R. Ambedkar Bhavans in all Assembly constituencies, municipality
limits, city municipal council areas, town panchayats and gram
panchayats and handing over the illegal mining issue to the Central
Bureau of Investigation.

The agitators submitted a memorandum to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj through
Deputy Commissioner S.S. Pattanshetty. The agitation was led by
district convener Suresh Mannur, Harish Natikar, Ravut Talakeri and
Kamesh Bhajantri.

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