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Ambedkar Bhavan in Puttur encroached

Staff Correspondent


Police asks activist to file a complaint so that explanation can be sought


MANGALORE: The Ambedkar Bhavan in Savanur in Puttur taluk was allegedly “claimed and taken over” by a local youth club, Shivappa Rinkedagutthu said here during the monthly SC/ST grievance meeting organised by the district police.

According to Mr. Rinkedagutthu, the Ambedkar Bhavan had been built with government money but on completion, the youth club had put up a board with its own name and prevented Dalits from using it.

Explanation

Superintendent of Police of the Civil Rights Enforcement Cell, Sarvottam Pai, asked him to give a written complaint so that officials could be asked for an explanation .

District convenor of the Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Bheemawada) P. Keshav said that the police were often found to be a party to “raji panchayati”, in which they brought about a compromise between the complainant and the accused. Deputy Superintendent of Police B.J. Bhandary said the Superintendent of Police had issued directions to all police stations against that practice.

When an activist pointed out that they did not know the progress made in a particular case, Mr. Bhandary said according to the orders of the former Director-General and Inspector General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh, the last Sunday of every month between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. people could go to the police station and find the action taken based on their complaints.

Gram sabhas

Mahalinga K. from Uppinangady said during gram sabhas in Puttur taluk, hostel wardens were called to give answers to the people.

Mr. Pai asked him to give a written complaint so that he could look into it. A suggestion was made to request officials from the Social Welfare Department to attend the monthly meetings as many grievances of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes people related to that department.

Create awareness

Mr. Keshav requested the Manager of the Social Welfare Department to take steps to create awareness about increase in the number of scholarships offered for Scheduled Castes.

This meeting is the first one to be held after Labhu Ram took over as Superintendent of Police. Among higher officials of the police, only Mr. Bhandary and Mr. Pai were present as the rest had been deployed in handling security arrangements for Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's visit.

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