PGI Sanitation Workers Beaten Up By Chandigarh Police, Dalit Rights Org Write to President Demanding Action

The Safai Karamchari Union has warned that if the administration continues to dilly-dally the demanded legal action against the accused policemen, they will gherao the Chandigarh Advisor's office to register their protest.

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In a letter written to the Indian President Ramnath Kovind, representatives of Dalit rights organisations in Chandigarh have demanded action against the police personnel who were involved in an instance of custodial violence against three employees of PGI.

The letter to the President came after several other complaints were submitted to the local and state-level authorities.

Earlier on July 24, after a doctor at PGI Chandigarh intimated the local police about a case of mobile theft, three workers including two sanitation workers and one attendant from the hospital were rounded up solely on the basis of suspicion and taken to the nearby police outpost. The workers sustained visible injuries on their bodies after being badly beaten up by policemen during interrogation.

On July 25 the PGI Employees’ Union held a massive protest against the illegal police action against the workers but the recent letter suggests that the authorities did not undertake any substantial action in the matter.

A letter was also written to the officials of Chandigarh Administration, National Commission for Scheduled Castes and National Commission for Safai Karamcharis regarding the matter. However, no action has been taken in the matter so far, said Rajkumar Jalan, spokesperson of Chandigarh Dalit Welfare Association in a report by Jagran.

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In this reference, the Safai Karamchari Union has also demanded the police to take legal action against the policemen involved in the brutality against workers who come from Dalit communities.

The members of the Union have alleged that the police personnel deliberately beat up the workers after taking them into custody and have demanded their immediate suspension and a case against them under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.

The Safai Karamchari Union has warned that if the administration continues to dilly-dally the demanded legal action against the accused policemen, they will gherao the Chandigarh Advisor’s office to register their protest.

Chandigarh Dalit Welfare Association’s President Bhagat Raj Disawar and Safai Karamcharis Union President Shyam Lal Ghavri, Safai Karamchari Andolan convener Savita Khairwal said the incident of violence against Dalits in a city like Chandigarh shows that even after 75 years of independence, the condition of Dalit communities is pitiable as they are not given equal status with other citizens, Jagran reported.

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