Belagavi: Dalit organizations observed bandh in Sankeshwar and Sadalaga towns in Hukkeri and Chikkodi taluks on Saturday, condemning the derogatory remark made against them by MLA Umesh Katti.
In a video, which has gone viral on the social media, Katti allegedly addressed dalits as ‘holeya’. The use of such word in punishable under The Scheduled C
astes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Katti made this remark while commenting on the reservation policy during an interaction with reporters in Bellad Bagewadi recently.
An FIR was registered against Katti in Hukkeri police station on Friday, under Section 504 of IPC and Section 3 (1) (R) and 3 (1) (S) of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, following a complaint lodged by Sunil Kallappa Khatedar of Avargol village.