Chalo Udupi team visits cattle transport attack victim’s house

10-10-2016
TOI

On Saturday, the procession started from Ambedkar Bhavan, Udupi to the home of Praveen Poojari, a local BJP leader beaten to death allegedly by Hindu activists for transporting cattle at Karjike in Udupi district.
BR Bhaskar Prasad, member of the Dalit-Damanitara Swabhimani Horata Samiti, said, "One of the main objectives of the Chalo Udupi campaign is to demand justice for Praveen. We planned a rally to Karjike to extend our support to Praveen’s family. This incident is not limited to Praveen. Hindu outfits earlier targeted Muslims, then Dalits and now backward class people. A political issue has been made religious and caste-based. It was a planned murder. Our democracy gives equal right to life and no one can take away this right. No one has the right to kill, for whatever reason."
During the meeting, Praveen’s mother Baby said, "We have cattle at home and value it. Those who killed my son are not animal lovers. In the name of cattle protection, they showed rowdyism. He was the bread-winner of the family."
Chalo Udupi leaders urged Praveen’s family to attend the valedictory ceremony.
"It’s not a problem of one person; such injustice is happening across the nation. We should raise our voice; it’s our responsibility to take a stand for such people. In the name of religion, the society is divided and that’s a threat to our country. The youth are misleading people with violent thoughts," said Akhila.Chalo Udupi started on October 4 from Bengaluru and it’ll end with a public meeting and procession on October 9.
The procession will begin from Martyr’s Memorial at Ajjarkad, pass through Jodu Katte, Court Road, Kavi Muddana Road, Service Bus Stand, BSNL Road, Chittaranjan Circle, Mitra Hospital Road, Fish Market Road, Volakadu School Road and end at the Mahatma Gandhi Bayalu Ranga Mandira.
More than 20,000 people are expected to participate. A cultural function has been organized at Bayalu Ranga Mandira at Beedinagudde. Jambe Jalak, music from instruments made with animal skin, a women’s team from Mandya will present Nagaari, and Chalo re chal Bathi, a street play will also be performed.
During the six-day camp, 10 songs on Chalo Udupi have been composed. Traditional dalits songs will also be performed on stage.

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