New Delhi, Sept 12 (): “We strongly condemn it. Such incidents will not be tolerated. If the erring cops are not punished, our party will hold a nation-wide agitation protesting the incident. The TN state government should hold a judicial inquiry into the incident and bring culprits to book,” party chief Ram Vilas Paswan said.TN CM tried to put the blame on ongoing tension between Dalits and Thevars and not on police who opened fire.
Condemning the death of seven Dalits in police firing in Tamil Nadu, LJP today demanded registration of a case against the cops under the SC/ST Act and a compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to family members of the victims. He also demanded immediate release of John Pandian, a Dalit leader whose detention led to the violence culminating into police firing on a stone pelting mob of Dalits. Paswan also said that a team of LJP, National Dalit Front and Dalit Sena led by Tamil Nadu party chief Vidyadharan will visit the affected village tomorrow for an spot review of the situation. He said the family members should be given a compensation of Rs 20 lakh each besides government job.
“Some of you (opposition members) who spoke here said it was not communal violence. If it be so, we are also happy. But the fact is that derogatory remarks were written on a wall in Mandalamanickam pacheri village (Ramanathapuram district) against Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar (a highly respected nationalist leader),” Jayalalitha said.
“Following this a Class XI student Palanikumar from the village was killed on September 9. Then (Dalit leader) John Pandian leaves (to pay homage on the death anniversary of Dalit leader Imanuel Sekaran) and violence breaks out. Therefore, all these incidents have happened in an inter-connected chain-like fashion,” she said.