Sad, Hurting and Painful: The deafening silence of Lutyens' Delhi to the killing of Sadhus in Palghar

    21-Apr-2020   
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The criminal silence of the Lutyen Delhi's mombatti (candle lighting) gang is shocking. Come any incident involving a member of the minority community and they create a cacophony of noise to emerge as saviour of humanity. Is it that those who were lynched were two sadhus that it does not matter for them? They were going gaga over the excellent governance of Maharashtra. Not a word of condemnation of the police or the State's law and order situation. Not even an expression of sympathy for the sadhus who were on the way to attend last rites of their guru in Gujarat
 
 

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Two Juna Akhara sadhus lynched to death by violent mob in Maharashtra’s Palghar
 
 
Three people including two sadhus and a driver were lynched on 16 April, 125 KM from Mumbai, a small village in Maharashtra's Palghar village. The police did not do anything, rather the policeman was seen handing over the 70-year old sadhu to the murderous mob. It was the most heart-rending sight that would disturb anyone's conscience for a long time to come. The older man was desperately clinching the hand of the policeman but was mercilessly allowed to be beaten to death.
 
 
The Maharashtra government claims to have suspended two police officers and arrested more than 100 people. A special investigation team has been set up too. Hopefully, we will be able to reach the truth, and the guilty will be punished.
 
 
The government will need to do some explaining on why it was silent till the news of the killing that happened on 16th an incident came to light on the 19th. Did the police not inform the headquarters and the media about the event? Why did the media keep silent until it became viral on social media?
 
 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray has already ruled out a communal angle. It was surprising how he could do so? An inquiry may reveal a deep conspiracy, who knows. His desperation shows that there is something more to it than meets the eyes. Let there be a fair investigation.
 
 
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 110 including 9 juveniles arrested by Maharashtra Police for murder of two Sadhus in Palghar
 
 
The area where it happened is a Left bastion. The CPM has a lone representative in the assembly from there (Dahanu) which is a part of Palghar Lok Sabha seat. Remember Bhima Koregaon violence and the role of Gautam Naulakha for fuelling violence. The Supreme Court refused to grant him bail, and he had to surrender before the NIA finally. We have also seen the frustration of the one-book wonder Arundhati Roy making brainless allegations that the Indian government is exploiting COVID-19 to suppress Muslims. She said, "situation in India is approaching genocidal". She does not need to produce any proof since she is the self-acclaimed goddess of the Human Rights brigade in India.
  
The area where it happened is a Left bastion. The CPM has a lone representative in the assembly from there (Dahanu) which is a part of Palghar Lok Sabha seat
 
 
Was it then the anger of the Naxals and the Left that innocent sadhus and their hired driver became victims of hatred? The incident was the most prominent manifestation of hate. Hate for what? The sadhus were not child-lifters. The police station in-charge had clarified to lynchers whom he knew (as per the FIR). And one needs to remember that only a handful of young men wielding lathis are seen giving expression to this hatred.
 
 
It will not be surprising if the Leftists, Islamists and the Congress have joined hands to create tension in society. Already there is enough evidence about some sections trying to thwart the efforts of the government to contain Corona. Is there a bigger conspiracy, or is it a simple case of mistaken identity? Only proper investigation will reveal. But if the investigation is impartial is the moot question?
  
 
The two sadhus have been identified as Chikane Maharaj Kalpavrikshgiri (70) and Sushil Giri Maharaj (35) from the Varanasi-based Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara. The third person Nilesh Telgane (35) was their driver. Juna Akhada has clarified that these two sadhus along with the driver, were going to Gujarat to attend the last rites of their guru Shri Mahant Ramgiri.
 
It will not be surprising if the Leftists, Islamists and the Congress have joined hands to create tension in society. Already there is enough evidence about some sections trying to thwart the efforts of the government to contain Corona. Is there a bigger conspiracy, or is it a simple case of mistaken identity? Only proper investigation will reveal 
 
The silence of the award wapasi brigade, who often masquerades as Human Rights Activists is baffling. Does such a gruesome killing not hurt them irrespective of the identity of the lynchers? Does the silence point further to the conspiracy theory?
 
 
(The writer is spokesperson of the BJP and in-charge of the party's media relations. He has worked as a professional journalist for more than two decades in Delhi. He is author of "Narendra Modi: The Game Changer")