Injured Dalit Student – ChitraSelvan – Ambedkar Law College

Chitraiselvan, the third year student of Dr Ambedkar Law College, convalescing at the Royapettah Government Hospital following injuries he sustained in Wednesday’s violence, told the National Commission for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes on Saturday that he was the first to be attacked allegedly by students belonging to a backward community on that day. They were armed with deadly weapons, he told the commission.


S S Sharma, Joint Director of the Commission told that Chitraiselvan who was inside the campus along with other Dalit students, when a group of backward class students attacked him causing injuries on his head and ear.


Seeing blood oozing out of his ears, the Dalit students attacked the other group of students and later took Chitraiselvan to the hospital.


Chitraiselvan told the commission that it was a poster put up, on the occasion of Thevar Jayanthi celebrations, by the backward class students, referring to the law college as “Government Law College’ without the prefix “Dr Ambedkar,” that had triggered the clash.


The commission has so far not received any complaint on the violence that broke out on Wednesday. “We came here after learning about the incidents in the media, to ascertain the details of the victim (Dalits),” Sharma said.


The commission will not set up an enquiry based on media reports about the violence. “We will wait for the finding of the commission appointed by the State Government,’’ Sharma said.


When asked about the increasing caste conflicts in Tamil Nadu particularly in the southern districts, Sharma said the phenomena was not confined only to Tamil Nadu and added that even other states witnessed caste clashes.


“Only if the commission receives complaints, can we enquire and take action against the accused under Section 338 of IPC. However, he added that the state unit of the commission was receiving around 300 complaints from SC/ST communities every month. The commission, comprising its Under Secretary S N Meena and Director (HQ) Rathi, would spend the next two days in Chennai.


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