Police atrocity at Bhajanamatam Caste Wall protest site, Dalit protesters and two journalists arrested

The local administration was in a plan to demolish the protest tent prior to a festival which is to be on at the Bhajanamatam. At the protest site, one of the protesters had tried committing suicide. Ramakrishnan Pootheth, protest committee convenor MP Ayyappankutti, PK Prakash, VK Mohanan, VK Rajeesh, VK Prashanth, VT Praveen are the protesters who are in police custody. Arrested journalist Abhilash had been covering the protest since its beginning.

Police atrocity at Bhajanamatam Caste Wall protest site, Dalit protesters and two journalists arrested

Seven Dalit protesters and two journalists arrested at Vadayambadi Bhajanamatam caste wall protest site today morning. The police reached the site early morning around five thirty to demolish the protest pandal, which had been there for since an year.

The protesters under the banner of Dalit Land Rights Front were on an indefinite hunger strike. The local administration was in a plan to demolish the protest tent prior to a festival which is to be on at the Bhajanamatam. At the protest site, one of the protesters had tried committing suicide. Ramakrishnan Pootheth, protest committee convenor MP Ayyappankutti, PK Prakash, VK Mohanan, VK Rajeesh, VK Prashanth, VT Praveen are the protesters who are in police custody.

Jounralists Abhilash Padachery (Newsport), Ananthu Rajagopal Asha (Deccan Chronicle) who were at the protest site, live streaming the protest are also arrested. The police is yet to file an FIR. The arrested two young journalists are having Maoist links, says Ramamangalam CI Sajan Xavier. Abhilash had been covering the protest since its beginning.

The protest is against a caste wall built around a public play ground which had been freely used by all. NSS is owning this land using fake documents and built caste wall to check Dalits entering to the Bhajanamatam premises. Dalits here broke down the wall in 2017 which stirred up anti caste dialogues in Kerala. Since past year mainstream media had almost ignored the protest where in very few media houses turned up covering the issue.

Protests are at rise demanding the release of all those who are in custody.