Udupi, May 9,2017: Reports prove Udupi DC Priyanka Mary Francis, along with a team of government officers, on May 8, Monday visited Movady hamlet in Trasi village, where three youth belonging to Koraga community, a Scheduled Tribes, were assaulted by a gang of 13 members for allegedly slaughtering two oxen to consume beef, in the early hours recently.
The DC, Ms. Francis interacted with the members of the Koraga community staying in Movady and assured them of all help from the district administration. When Shakuntala, gram panchayat member, who had registered a case against the gang of 13 members, said that people were feeling insecure, DC Priyanka assured them that police beats would be increased in the area.
GP member Shakuntala pointed out that there was only one street lamp in the entire area. The DC directed the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) officer to install more street lamps in the area. It was also brought to Ms. Priyanka’s notice that out of eight Koraga families, five had houses. Then, she directed the ITDP officer to provide houses to the remaining three Koraga families.
GP member Shankuntala brought up the case against the three Koraga youth to the notice of the DC and said that they were being held in custody and that their livelihood had been affected. DC Francis said that all steps would be taken to expedite the case. “Now three persons belonging of this Koraga community, a primitive tribe, were harassed and assaulted and two others were abused; a case had been registered under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act, a compensation of Rs. 25,000 each would be given to these victims,” DC Francis said.
Ramesh, Social Welfare Officer, Harish Gaonkar, ITDP officer, Subba B., Sub Inspector of Gangolli police station, were among the officers who accompanied the DC to Movady in the hinterland..