Call for NHRC probe into poll day violence against dalits

On a day when a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) began his inquiry into the atrocities against dalits by upper caste Hindus on April 18 at Ponparappi in Ariyalur district, Evidence, an NGO working for the welfare of dalits, demanded a direct inquiry by the national human rights commission (NHRC) instead of involving the police in it.

DSP P Elanchezhiyan of Ariyalur division 8 carried out inquiries with Rajendran, 57, Anbazhagan, 60, Krishnamoorthy, 40, Punitharajan, 30, Vellaiammal, 45, Govindaraj, 50, and Chinnaiyan, 60, at his office on Tuesday. The inquiry was based on the complaints sent by dalit residents of the village to NHRC in April.

The commission had asked the DSP to inquire with the dalit people on Tuesday. The affected people had demanded that the accused be booked under appropriate sections of Tamil Nadu women harassment Act and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (prevention of atrocities) Act 2015.…