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‘United Against Hate’ condemned Palghar lynching and demand Implementation of SC Directives on Lynching

United Against Hate (UAH) in a recent statement, has condemned the lynching of Kalpvrush Giri, Sushil Giri and Nilesh Telgade in Maharashtra and attempted lynching of Raju Ansari in Jharkhand. In a press release,  UAH has demanded the Implementation of the Supreme Court Directives on Lynching. Reminding the brutal lynching culture being developed in the country, they demand punishment to all the culprits.

“The recent lynchings in Maharashtra are once again a grim reminder of brutal mob violence in the country. Every time such a case of lynching takes place it delivers yet another wound to our constitution”, the statement said.

“All guidelines of the Supreme Court including passing law specific to lynching must be executed”, demanded UAH.

We are reproducing the statement by UAH below:—

Condemn the gruesome lynching of Kalpvrush Giri, Sushil Giri and Nilesh Telgade in Maharashtra and attempted lynching of Raju Ansari in Jharkhand. Punish all Culprits

Implement the Supreme Court Directives on Lynching

On 16th of April, three people travelling from Kandivali, Mumbai to Silvassa were lynched on their way, in Palghar by local people. Kalpvrush Giri (70) and Sushil Giri (35) belonged to Gosavi nomadic tribe and were affiliated to ‘Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhaara’ in Varanasi. The third person who was killed was Nilesh Telgade who was the driver of the car. Two policemen were also injured in the incident. The gruesome lynching took place as local Adivasi people suspected them of child lifting. So far 100 people have been arrested and we demand that the Maha Vikas Aghadi led Maharashtra government must ensure justice to the lynched people by giving strictest punishment to the perpetrators.

On 20th April, a similar incident took place in Ramgarh, Jharkhand. Raju Ansari was returning from his in law’s place in Giddhi to his home in Ramgarh. He was also stopped on the way on suspicion of being child lifter and he was beaten up mercilessly and paraded naked. He has fortunately survived the assault. The JMM led Jharkhand government must take strict action against the perpetrators and bring them to book.

These two incidents once again show the manner in which our society is getting dehumanized and lawlessness is taking over. Brutal incidents of mob lynchings have spiked since 2014 after the Modi government came to power. From Dadri to Latehar to Una; from Afrazul to Junaid to Alimuddin or Inspector Subodh Kr. Singh, there have already been close to 125 such instances of brutal mob-lynchings since 2014 and the victims have largely been Dalits and Muslims. These incidents took place primarily in the name of cow-vigilantism or on suspicion of child lifting. The incidents of lynchings of Vikas and Gautam Verma in 2017 in Jharkhand, Abhijit Nath and Nilotpal Das in Assam in 2018, Mohammad Azam in Bidar Karnataka in 2018 and scores of other incidents took place where innocent people were lynched on the mere suspicion of being child lifters.

The incidents of lynching never stopped primarily because of the impunity provided to the perpetrators. The state has failed in maximum cases to file timely and strong FIRs after incidents of lynching. Moreover, in certain cases those accused or even convicted of carrying out such ghastly acts were felicitated by leaders of the BJP/RSS. The killers of Alimuddin Ansari were openly garlanded by the then Union Minister Jayant Sinha. The murderers of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh were given heroic welcome by BJP and Bajrang Dal goons after they were granted bail. The killers of Afrazul Ansari in Rajasthan were openly celebrated by the Sangh Parivar. The killers of Akhlaque were promised government jobs by the UP government.

Supreme Court of India in 2018 took cognizance of the gruesome saga of lynchings and gave a set of directions to stop such attacks. These prescriptions have only gathered dust. The Supreme Court had instructed the state and central governments to pass laws against lynching. While the Central Government took no such steps in that direction, some of the non-BJP states which did pass laws against lynching are yet to receive approval from the President. 

The recent lynchings in Maharashtra are once again a grim reminder of brutal mob violence in the country. Every time such a case of lynching takes place it delivers yet another wound to our constitution. We strongly condemn these incidents and demand that the perpetrators of the recent cases must be punished. All guidelines of the Supreme Court including passing law specific to lynching must be executed.

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