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Dalit associations demand arrest of accused

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The Dalit associations demanded that the government should immediately arrest the accused, who were named in FIR in the social boycott incident that took place in Garagaparru village of Palakoderu mandal in West Godavari district.

Eluru / Bhimavaram: The Dalit associations demanded that the government should immediately arrest the accused, who were named in FIR in the social boycott incident that took place in Garagaparru village of Palakoderu mandal in West Godavari district.

All India Dalit Rights Federation (AIDRF) national president Kandula Ananda Rao addressing a media conference in Eluru on Monday, said that the upper caste people of Garagaparru were harassing the Dalits in the name of social boycott. He alleged that the politicians and officials were backing up the upper caste people.

“It is unfortunate that YSRCP president and Opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy has not responded to this issue. Jagan who staged hunger strikes for the cause of farmers, did not do the same with regard to the problems of Dalits,” he noted.

Rao wanted the government to distribute 3 acres of land to Dalits in the village and reinstate bronze statue of Ambedkar, besides sanctioning Rs 1 lakh to each Dalit family for their immediate needs. “If the government failed to do so, we will take up a state-wide agitation with all Dalit associations,” he warned.

Later, at Bhimavaram Dalit leaders like Dr Sujatha Surepalli of Satavahana University Baka Satish of Galla Kuruma Rights Association (Warangal), Vijay Vangalappidi of Indian Humanist Organisation, Ramu Birelli of Telangana Bhim Army and others expressed their concern over the attacks on the Dalits. They slammed the state government for its inaction on the social boycott issue.

“We came from Hyderabad and asked the police to assist to go to Garagaparru but they rejected our plea. We condemn the police attitude who denied entry to fact-finding committees,” they stated.

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