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Dalit leaders complain of liquor shops, misuse of SC & ST Act

Dalit leaders complain of liquor shops, misuse of SC & ST Act

Mangalore Today News Network

Uudupi, Mar 02, 2018: A variety of matters came up for discussion at the Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes grievance redressal meeting held at the District Police Office here on Wednesday. But it was matters relating to other departments that mostly figured in the meeting.



Some Dalit leaders complained that some liquor shops were getting converted into bars and the Excise Department was not taking any action on this. Wine shops have been opened near a school, government office and a Dalit colony in Byndoor, creating problems for women and children, they said.

A few Dalit leaders alleged that there was conspiracy by some trustees to establish another ‘Daiva Sthana’ (place of worship) because there were Dalit priests at Malasavari Daiva Sthana at Kotathattu village. They had already informed the local gram panchayat and Department of Endowments not to give permission for another place of worship there.

Superintendent of Police Laxman Nimbargi said he would write to the departments concerned on this matter. He also directed the circle police inspector to find a solution to the matter by speaking to the trustees.

Another complaint was that the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was being misused. Some persons pretending to be Dalits and misusing the Act, which should be probed, they said. They added that the information given by the people to police constables on beats was being leaked by other police personnel.

Other complaints

Creation of false documents by some private schools to escape the norms of Right to Education (RTE) Act; illegal sand mining at Cherkady, Kukkehalli and Madi villages; pollution by a fish meal plant at Kukkehalli; operation of an illegal crusher at Nanchar village; a Panchayat Development Officer getting his job by submitting false caste certificate; and discrimination against Dalit autorickshaw drivers at an autorickshaw stand at Siddapura village were the other complaints raised at the meeting.

Mr. Nimbargi promised to take action on all the complaints.

Courtesy: The hindu

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