Protest human sacrifice of a dalit worker – Press Release

Protest human sacrifice of a dalit worker


PRESS STATEMENT                                                                                                   14 FEBRUARY 2012

The human sacrifice that took place at Thirumaladevara Koppa  in Ranebennuru taluk of Haveri district on 26  November 2011 has already  drawn the attention of  the people allover the state. A 17 year old dalit boy by name Basavaraja Kadimani was sacrificed to set right Vastu Dosha of the house of Basavanagowda of the  same village. Basavaraja was working  with Basavanagowda , a land lord. as a tractor driver. In fact almost all the members of his family had worked for the land lord at one time or the other in the past.

Nijalinga swamy, popularly known as Tatu Ajja of Niralagi near Gadag  used to visit Basavanagowda very often . Under his guidance the land lord had already performed many rituals  on various occasions. On 26th November, 2012 Basavaraja went to his master’s place at night and did not return. Next day early in the    morning the members of his family, father, mother and elder brother were informed by the police of Haligeri police station that Basavaraja had been injured  in a fight  with Ninganagowda, the son of Basavanagowda and had been hospitalized. The police took them not the hospital, but to the police station where they told them that their boy had been killed and not just injured. They were brought to a spot near  their village where they saw a gunny sack containing the dead body of Basavaraj. The body bore marks of vermilion and turmeric . It also had a hole on the forehead. An eye had been plucked out and  a few  teeth ere missing. The parents  and others suspected that it was a case of sacrifice and complained to the police on those grounds. But the  police did not register it as case of sacrifice but  continued to maintain that it was only a murder . Later on the  villagers also  found traces of blood sprinkled all over around the house. When the police opened the doors of the house nearly 50 days after the incident blood marks were also found inside the building.   Still the police were not ready to consider the angle of human sacrifice in this case. Ninganagowda , the son of Basavanagowda had surrendered to the police saying that he had killed Basavaraja.

Members of Peoples’ Democratic Forum and Swabhimani Dalita Shakti visited the village on 9th January 2012  met the villagers including the parents and relatives of   Basavaraja and also the police officer(Dy S P of Ranebennuru) investigating the case.  We found that in spite of the evidence and complaint by the parents the police are not ready to consider the angle of human sacrifice seriously. They have been insisting that it was only a murder committed by Ninganagowda suspecting illicit relationship between Basavaraja and his (Ninganagowda’s) wife which on verificatio does not sound credible. The people of the village and also various other progressive elements of the area held a protest rally and demonstration at

Ranebennuru on  30th January 2012 to press the demand to consider it as not merely a murder but as human sacrifice. It is only then that the sorcerer, Tatu Ajja’s role will be exposed. It is essential not merely  to find out the truth but also to prevent any recurrence of such  superstitious practices in future. But some how the police of Ranebennuru are not prepared to move in that direction . This will only protect the sorcerer and the head of the family Basavanagowda.

Already an application has been made to the State Human Rights Commission and  an appeal to the  honourable governor of Karnataka has been submitted through the Tahasildar of Ranebennuru.


1)The police of Ranebennuru should take the complaint of the parents of Basavaraj  seriously and treat it as a case of human sacrifice.

2)In case of the local police failing to do so the case should be handed over to the CBI by the state government.

3)The sorcerer  Tatu Ajja and the head of the family Basavanagowda who was responsible for the murder/sacrifice should be arrested.

3)Compensation should be paid to the family according to rules existing in such cases.

Shivalingam  (Swabhimani Dalita Shakti)

Nagari Babaiah  (People’s Democratic Forum)

Nagaragere Ramesh  (Peoples’ Democratic Form)

Kranti Govind  (Swabhimani Dalita Shakti)

Ramadas Rao  (P U C L)

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