Pollachi Sanitary worker were caste abused and Terminated from his service (Code: TN-COIM-2014-021, Date: 09-Aug-2014 )

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Case posted by Social Awareness Society for Youths-SASY
Case code TN-COIM-2014-021
Case year 09-Aug-2014
Type of atrocity Voluntarily causing simple hurt and grievous hurt
Whether the case is being followed in the court or not? Yes

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Fact finding date Not recorded

Case Incident

Case Incident details

Case incident date 09-Aug-2014
Place Village: Not recorded
Taluka:Not recorded
District: Coimbatore(DP)
State: Tamil Nadu
Police station Pollachi East
Complaint date 31-Dec-1969
FIR date 09-Aug-2014

Case brief

Case summary

Ananthan (Aged 50) residing at Pollachi Colony in Coimbatore District belongs to a Hindu SC Arunthathiar Community. He is working as load man (Sanitary worker) in Pollachi Municipality Ward-4 and doing the work of loading the garbage into lorry for more than 35 years and his service was made permanent. The Health Inspectors are having a practice of collecting money and offer to the higher officials of Municipality. The said Ananthan refused to give money and Marimuthu, Karuppasamy and Rajendiran who are all working with him also refused to give money. The Health Inspectors are very angry towards this attitude and waited for a chance to victimize them.

In this situation, on 06.08.2014, the said Anandan asked for leave due to chest pain. The officials concerned refused to grant him leave and he worked with chest pain and loaded three load of garbage into the lorry and disposed it. When he loaded the fourth load he fell with giddiness due to the work pressure and chest pain. The lorry driver Marimuthu halted the lorry at its place and took Anandan to Pollachi Government hospital for treatment.   

Meanwhile, Mariappan, a Health Inspector instigated Selvaraj who belongs to the Udaiyar Community and a garbage lorry driver to take photo of the said lorry and send it to the Municipal Commissioner of Pollachi. He also did the same as per the instruction of said Maripappan. The Municipal Commissioner instituted a Departmental Enquiry and suspended Anandan from service for negligence in duty and creating bad name to the Municipality among the public. 

In this situation, while the said Anandan on the way to Ayyappan Temple Driver Selvaraj scolded him by using the filthy language and by caste name saying ‘see, we have victimized you as we desired. How can work antagonising the Health Inspector? Sakkili bastard, what you can do?’

In this regard, the victim Anandan preferred a complaint to the East Town Police Station authorities and a case was filed under the Prevention of SC/ST (Atrocities) Act 1989.  As usual the Police never arrested the accused and atlast Anandan lost his job and suffering a lot.   

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