Mangaluru, Sep 15, 2015: Speaking on the sidelines of SC/ST grievance meeting held at SP’s office in the city, DK SP S D Sharanappa said that Dakshina Kannada district’s proposal for 320 additional police staff had been approved by home department and the proposal was now before the finance department. The department has recruited 50 persons and appointment letters will be issued soon. They will join the department after the due training.
The SP said that the police department had taken initiative on implementation of COTPA - Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), with the support of 20 other departments. The implementation depends on the cooperation of public. The district has almost completed the COTPA compliance. On September 19, the higher officials of the COTPA will visit the district and declare the compliance. Though it is a common sight to see smoking in most public spaces.
Regarding the Vittal incident, where a Veda teacher physically assaulted a student, the SP said that the incident took place in April. The family members of the students did not file any complaint. Dalit leader Sheshappa Bedrakala had filed the complaint. A case has been registered under bailable sections. Investigation is on.
District Mugera Sangha Organising Secretary Sitharam alleged that at a few Dalits were involved in blackmail. One of the ’victim,’ a lecturer at Government First Grade College at Sullia said that one Anand Bellare had been harassing her for the last one-and-a-half years. Having passed National Eligibility Test (NET) in the first attempt and got the job under general merit, she I have studied in Karnataka. It is alleged that I have fake caste certificate and wrote a letter with several demands on July 21. she said. She has urged the police to take action against the culprit.
When Dalit leader Girish Kumar tried to defend Anand Bellare and expressed doubts about the originality of the caste certificate of the woman (who belongs to Mogera, which falls under SC), it created chaos in the meeting. The woman and her family members were outraged and the police had to intervene to bring the situation under control. The SP said that Civil Rights Enforcement (CRE) cell would check the caste certificate.
Dalita Hakkugala Horata Samiti Convener Shekhar alleged that Gopal Gowda, accused of severing the fingers of Sundar Malekudiya had received help from top politicians. Gowda has received special treatment at Belthangady police station. A first information report (FIR) was filed by police based on Damayanti’s (one of the accused) complaint. The SP said that in Belthangady case, weapon has been seized under Indian Arms Act and in case of misuse of weapons.