Conduct fair probe into the attacks against Dalits: Solidarity

By Staff Correspondent,

Kochi: A fair and complete probe should be carried out on the attacks on Dalits in Varkkala in Thiruvananthapuram, demanded Solidarity Youth Movement. All groups of people should come forward to fight against the plot to eliminate a people charging them with terrorism, urged KA Shafeek, state vice-president of the youth organisation.

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The Solidarity accused that a Dalit-hunt was going on in Varkkala. The police and goons are making life difficult in the colonies. The police have given the goons permission to enter any house and conduct search. The attack that took place last day was carried out in retaliation against the peaceful march of the people opposing the police-goon nexus. Media should not believe what the police say in order to hide these facts. The media should be ready to reveal true facts, Shafeek said. He added that the Varkkala incidents should be investigated by any agency that can conduct a fair probe.

The leaders of the organisation visited the people admitted to hospitals after being injured in the attacks of last day.

In another development, some women admitted to the hospital after having been injured in last day’s attacks were forcefully discharged by a group of people. The men are reportedly activists of the Shiv Sena. However, the doctors did not let Leela, who was in the Intensive Care Unit, to be discharged. Vava (17), Sasikala (42) and Thulasi (40), all residents of Thoduve Colony, had to be discharged.

Goons had reportedly opened attack on the women in the colony on Tuesday night. About 10 were injured in the brutal attacks.

Problems arose following the murder of Siva Prasad, a trader in Varkkala. The police questioned the people of Dalit colonies as part of investigation and it reportedly led to a massive hunt of Dalits by the police and goons. The natives of the Dalit colonies like Varkkala Thoduve, Vadasserikonam Ambedkar Colony, Muthana Colony, Vilappuram Colony, Cheerunkuzhi Colony, Venkod Colony etc were reportedly harassed and tortured by the police as well as the goons.

The Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes Coordination Committee has decided to send a petition to the Prime Minster on the mater. The state leaders of the organisation will reportedly hand over the petition to the Prime Minster in New Delhi. The Solidarity had sent a fact-finding committee to the affected colonies where majority of the residents are Scheduled castes and Scheduled tribes. Human rights organisations in the state have condemned the denial of basic rights to the Dalits in Varkkala, but the mainstream media and political parties do not reportedly seem much interested in the matter.