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Vijaykant’s DMDK apologisies to Paramakudi villagers

Chennai, Sept 30 (): DMDK presidium chairman and Deputy Leader of Opposition Panruti S Ramachandran stated that judicial probes announced by the State governments, on many occasions, had turned out to be a mere ritual and went in favor of the government. Ramachandran said,” The party will accept the demand for a CBI enquiry into Paramakudi police firing, if it satisfies the people affected in the violent incident.”

Dalits who were affected by the firing in Parmakudi on hearing Ramachandran say in the in the State Assembly that there was no need for a judicial enquiry into the Paramakudi incident went on a rampage and burnt DMDK flags. Vijaykant to cover-up the Ramachandran speech rushed to Madurai to visit the victims of the police firing. Ramachandran said his stand was vindicated now as the people in the affected areas had boycotted the enquiry commission constituted by the State government.

Fact-finding team comprising civil rights activists and intellectuals from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, visited Paramakudi, Ramanathapuram and Madurai on September, 19 and 20 .The team met the family members of the deceased and injured at hospitals, government officials and general public to inquire about the police firing and subsequent attack in which six Dalits were killed and many injured.

The team said here on Wednesday that casteist forces among the State machinery and certain sections of the dominant castes did not like to see Dalits being organized and celebrate Immanuel Sekaran’s guru puja in a big way.

The team found a letter circulated by Aappa Nadu Maravars Sangam, Mudukulathur, asking its members to take efforts to prevent Immanuel Sekaran’s guru puja that was getting attention equivalent to that of Muthuramalinga Thevar’s guru puja.

Against this background, a Dalit schoolboy, Palani Kumar of Pallapacheri, was murdered on September 9, following which five members were arrested. But the Chief Minister cited a wall writing with objectionable words against Muthuramalinga Thevar in Thevar-dominated Muthuramalingapuram and Dalit-dominated Pacheri as the reason for the murder.

But Muthuramalingapuram was a village where Dalits could not walk with their footwear on. How could a Dalit boy walk up to the ration shop in the middle of the village with ease to make wall a writing on a seven-foot-high wall, they posed.

The team found that among 28 Dalit students at Mandalamancikam Government High School 23 got their transfer certificates and moved to another school because of caste animosity during 2010-11.

Eyewitnesses at the riot torn area and youth who sustained bullet injuries said that tear gas shells and water cannons, which were mandatory, were not used before resorting to firing. They also said that the policemen started to attack after abusing them by their caste names and this showed the casteist attitude among the state machinery.

Government should also provide details of how many among the policemen and revenue officials in Paramakudi, Ramanathapuram and surrounding areas were Dalits and other dominant castes to assess the situation sociologically.

Immanuel Sekaran’s anniversary should be announced as a government function and the road leading to his memorial widened. The team said that government should take efforts to sensitize government officials on issues related to caste and inculcate democratic and constitutional values among them. Writer A. Marx of People’s Union led the team for Human Rights

DMDK chief, actor-politician ‘Captain’ A Vijayakant has set the early pace in the run-up to the local body elections, getting the CPM and the CPI to partner him in what is termed a loose third front in the state, while the AIADMK, the DMK and Congress will all be practically fighting the polls on their own individual strengths.