Chamarajanagar:April 05, 2015
Activists, villagers take out padayatra to Ch’nagar
Members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and residents of Kavudavadi and Deshavalli took out a padayatra, demanding a high-level probe into the killing of two labourers at Deshavalli recently, from Santhemarahalli to Chamarajanagar, on Saturday.

It has to be recalled that Nanjaiah of Kavudavadi and Krishnaiah of Deshavalli were killed by one Mahadeva, a landlord, at Deshavalli, recently, for refusing to work for him.

SDPI State unit president Abdul Majeed Kodlipete said, there is no proper security for Dalits in the society even in this modern age and the authorities concerned are already projecting the accused Mahadeva as a mentally unsound person.

The agitators culminated at the Deputy Commissioner’s office and staged a dharna.
They demanded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh each for the families of the victims, a government job for a family member and three acres of land for both families.

“Fifteen years ago, Dalits were publicly confined in a house and killed at Kambalapalli, in Kolar district. But, the accused have been acquitted due to lack of proper evidence. Similar incidents are common in many other states in India. The ruling parties have failed to safeguard the rights of the Dalits,” the protesters alleged.

They urged the authorities concerned to conduct a high-level inquiry into the incident to bring out the truth to punish the guilty. “The government should take precautionary measures to avert any such incident in the future,” they added.

SDPI vice-president Samiullah, Councillors Imran, Mahesh and C S Syed Arif were present.