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CPI(M) to organise yatra against Dalits' atrocities

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Hyderabad, Apr 15 (UNI) CPI(M) Polit Bureau Member and Party Andhra Pradesh Secretary B V Raghavulu today said a ''Samajika Chaitanya Yatra'' would be undertaken in over 150 villages as social discrimination against Dalits continues to be on rise.

Mr Raghavulu announced this while participating in a meet-the-press programme of the Hyderabad Union of Journalists.

He said the Justice Punnaiah Commission had found the problem severe and even technological advancements were of no use in stopping it.

Denial of entry into temples, two-glass system and encroachment of burial grounds were still prevalent in these villages in Rangareddy district, covered during the 950 Km cycle yatra from April two to 14, he said.

Criticising people belonging to upper class, he said in Barwadi village, they had poisoned the water tank in protest against collection of water by Dalits.

Urging Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to take the lead in organising such yatra himself, he appealed to all parties to follow suit to end rampant social discrimination.

Mr Raghavulu said while upper class were served tea in disposable plastic cups in eateries in Aiyanpur village, Dalits were served in glasses and made to wash them.

He said he had once again organised temple entry by Dalits as he came to know the idols in the temple were ''cleansed'' with milk after their entry on Sriramanavami day in Pagadyala village.

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