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MADURAI: A two-member committee appointed to conduct a judicial enquiry into the alleged police atrocities at Uthapuram near Peraiyur in Madurai district, visited the village on Tuesday.
Led by S. Thirupathy, former district judge, and Venkatasamy, principal sub-judge and secretary District Legal Services Authority, Madurai, it conducted enquiry with Dalits whose houses were allegedly attacked by the police during a clash between Dalits and caste Hindus on October 1.
It visited each affected household and held discussions with members of the families. Kannagi Packianathan, Commissioner, Department of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare, was present.
The committee will submit its report to the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench before April 15, said Mr. Thirupathy.
In all, 212 persons, including N. Nanmaran, Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA, Madurai East; V. Sundaram, the party’s Madurai rural district secretary; K. Swaminathan, president, Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front, and Ponnuthai of the All India Democratic Women’s Association submitted petitions to the committee.
A. Marx of the People’s Union for Human Rights also submitted a petition. He, along with a team of human rights activists, had visited Uthapuram on October 25.
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