Karnataka - Mangalore

Dalit outfits accuse police of inaction

Staff Correspondent

Accused in a case of atrocity over daily wage worker still to be
booked: leaders

A daily wage earner was assaulted by four persons in 2009

Dalit leaders seek compensation, job for

the victim

MANGALORE: Dalit organisations have alleged that members of Bajrang
Dal, accused of stripping and assaulting Sridhar (27), a Dalit daily
wage-worker from Peraje village of Kodagu district, in Bantwal taluk
on July 5, 2009, were still to be arrested. The police registered a
case against four persons after The Hindu brought the atrocity case to
light. But all of them are now out on bail.

Speaking at the monthly grievance meeting for SCs/STs organised by the
district police here on Sunday, leaders of various Dalit organisations
said that the police had failed to book cases against six more
persons, who allegedly played a crucial role in the atrocity against
the same victim. Expressing fears about the safety of Mr. Sridhar,
they said that unless the police moved the court and got the bail
order cancelled, the accused would try to harm or bring pressure on
the victim again. The leaders demanded that Mr. Sridhar be paid
compensation, provided medical care for the permanent deformities he
sustained during the attack, and a Government job .

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