Condemning the continued attack on Dalits in the name of beef eating across the country, Karnataka Dalit Welfare Trust had organised a ‘mass beef eating’ programmein front of Dr B Ambedkar statue near Town hall on Sunday.
Security was tightened in and around the Town Hall and the protestors were not allowed to enter inside the premises with beef meat. Two persons, however, managed to enter the Town Hall but were arrested. Dalit Welfare Trust President Shantharaju, Prof Mahesh Chandra Guru, K Shivaram and others were present.
Shantharaju said: “Though atrocities against Dalits is a perennial affair, the incidents in Gujarat and other places add a new dimension to the phenomenon. Dalits from the tanner community were accused of cow slaughter and beaten up for skinning the cows.”
He claimed that the incidents of atrocities on Dalits have seen a rise under Narendra Modi rule. “After the formation of the BJP government under the leadership of Modi, Dalits and people belonging to other backward classes are being harassed. On one hand Modi and his government is projecting Dr Ambedkar as a messiah for its political interest and making several announcements in his name, on the other Dalits are being exploited in the country,” he alleged. No action has been taken by the central government against those who have made objectionable statements against Dr Ambedkar.