We'll drag Naidu to UN rights panel: Dalits
Hyderabad, Oct. 9: Andhra Pradesh Dalit Mahasabha has warned that it would file a case against Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in the United Nations Human Rights Commission Bench, Geneva if he failed to initiate hearings on the Tsundur massacre within one month.
Announcing this at a press conference, Mahasabha founder-general secretary Katti Padma Rao recalled that nine Dalits were killed by upper castes on August 6, 1991 at Tsundur and the State had constituted a special court at the same place for hearing. However, the TD has not started hearing on the case in the special court, he said.
Padma Rao said if the government failed to initiate hearing within one month, the Mahasabha would file a case before UN Human Rights Commission general secretary Mary Robinson.
He also lashed out at the Chief Minister for diverting crores of rupees from the Budget meant for SC, ST education and welfare to the Janma Bhoomi programme and for other purposes of the ruling party. Instead of initiating developmental programmes for the SCs, STs and minorities, the Chief Minister was doing more harm to these classes by funds meant for them, he said.
Rao said President K R Narayanan had also sought an explanation from the State government in this regard. An audit team from the Central government had also established the misuse of money meant for Dalits, he alleged. .