Ten young men from different Dalit colonies of Varkala, who were released from the Poojappura jail today, following grant of bail by a court, were given a rousing reception by the Dalit Aikyadardya Samiti outside the Secretariat.
They were arrested when the police swooped on the colonies in the wake of the murder of Sivaprasad, a morning walker, on September 23.
Police have alleged that the murder was committed by members of the Dalit Human Rights Movement (DHRM) to demonstrate the organization’s strength.
The youths, who came out of prison today, are not among the accused in the murder case. However, the police have registered cases against them for some petty crimes.
Speakers at the reception said the police had falsely implicated the youths, who are DHRM activists, to break up the organization.
A number of Dalits, mostly women, whp came to the city from Varkala, waited outside the Secretariat since morning to greet the released youths. It was only in the afternoon that they could come out of the prison after completing all formalities.
The young men said they were subjected to torture while in custody.
From the Secretariat they went to the Government General Hospital seeking medical attention.