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The Indian Herald

September 12, 2011

Seven killed in police firing on Dalits in Tamil Nadu

The death toll in the indiscriminate firing on Dalits in Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu has now risen to seven while many others were injured in the police action.

Chief Minister J Jayalalitha has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of those who died in the police firing. An inquiry has also been instituted to look into the circumstances in which the police personnel opened fire on unarmed citizens.

A retired High Court judge would conduct the probe. Earlier, the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had seemignly justified the firing, saying that the angry crowd had attacked policemen which forced them to retaliate. The violence began after reports that Dalit leader John Pandian was detained.

Pandian was going to pay homage to legendary Dalit activist Immanuel Sekar on the latter's death anniversary then. After the local Dalits got restless, the police gathered in large numbers. In the ensuing confrontation, protesters resorted to stone pelting but police fired bullets.

TIH Bureau

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