Parents of Dalit boy Ilavarasan, whose body was found near the railway track in Dharmapuri on July 4 and the people of his home village, Natham Colony, complained that the parties formed for Dalits’ welfare was functioning against them.
Interacting with a fact finding committee on Ilavarasan’s death, headed by Anandh Teltumbde, grandson of BR Ambedkar, they named the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and said they had lost faith in it. The team comprising C Lakhmanan, Assistant Professor of Madras Institute of Development Studies, Anbuselvam, social activist, writers Athavan Detchaniya, Kutty Revathi ,Puthiyamathavi and Piralayan visited Dharmapuri and interacted with Ilavarasan’s parent here on Friday.
Owing to the prohibitory orders in the district, the team did not visit the natham colony. However, the residents met the fact finding committee at the CPM party office. After the interaction with Ilavarasan’s parent, Anandh told Express, “The purpose of this visit is to analyse and expose the dynamics of district administration, police, political parties and the judicial structure in the Ilavarasan’s issue. We have found that even the judicial structure has betrayed the downtrodden people and the activities of justice and judicial system is biased. However, we have to study a lot from the issue, to prevent such atrocities against the Dalits in the future”.
Later, C Lakshmanan, assistant professor and social activist said, “The political parties which were established in Tamil Nadu with a stand of Anti-Brahminism, now, have turned into anti-Dalit outfits. All political parties in Tamil Nadu turns mute, if atrocities happened against Dalits”, he said further.
On the Singaravelu commission, he said, “None of the commission report has judicial validity”
Anbuselvan, a social activist and writer, one of the persons in the committee said, “I am a former state secretary of VCK. All the Dalit movements betrayed the Dalit people and there is no coordination between them”. The team also met Superintendent of police Asra Karg, Harur MLA Delli Babu, and functionaries of (VCK).