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Highlights of the sound byte of Shri K. Raju and Shri B.C. Das 24-05-2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OuH0vbM-Do&feature=youtu.be

Shri Raju said series of attacks on Dalits are happening in Saharanpur. About 20 days back, Dalits were attacked in Shabirpur Village. Mobs burnt down nearly 30 houses, caused serious injuries to many Dalits.

Yesterday while some Dalit youths were returning from a public rally, same gangs attacked them in which nearly 19 Dalits were seriously injured. One 22 years old Dalit boy was killed. There are reports that today also, similar attack on Dalits has occurred. There is a report that one Dalit boy was killed today also in that incident.

All these incidents are happening  because of one single reason – the reason being – certain section of the society in UP believe that after Shri Yogi Adityanath becoming CM, they have got licence to indulge in hooliganism, they have got licence to oppress Dalits, commit atrocities and they are confident that law will not be initiated against them because they think that the Chief Minister will provide them all necessary protection to allow them to commit any kind of atrocities on Dalits, which in my opinion, is a very sad story. It is not good for law and order in UP, it does not augur well for development of Uttar Pradesh when such a section of society feels that they can get away with murder and the weaker sections, the voiceless, the Dalits feel that they have no protection from the Government. That is what has exactly happened in Saharanpur.

Though hundreds of upper caste youths have committed such atrocious acts on Dalits, so far only 32 have been arrested. Number of dalits have suffered grievous injuries, they have lost their avenues of earning, and they have lost their houses, so far, District Administration has not provided any relief to any family.

Congress Party would like to demand that -

  1. The Administration should understand that they are duty bound to immediately provide relief, rehabilitation and compensation to the dalit victims as provided under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989, as amended in the year 2015.

  2. All the accused will have to be arrested, the UP Government has to set-up a Special Court as envisioned under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 as amended in 2015.

  3. Special set-up of Public Prosecutors has to be appointed and charge-sheet against the accused has to be filed within 60 days of the incident and the Special Court has to deliver the judgment within 120 days. All these were very clearly provided in the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 brought in by the UPA Government in 2014 which later became an Act in 2015. UPA Government has to understand that there is a provision which provides protection, safeguard to dalits and they are duty bound to implement that legislation, they are duty bound to respect the Constitution and provide the rehabilitation and protection, and punish the accused.  

The Congress Party also would like to demand that the Chief Minister should immediately convene meeting of Vigilance and Monitoring Committee as required by the Act and make sure that such incidents do not happen.

In fact, Saharanpur is a District declared as Atrocity-prone District which means that the Administration ought to be on alert to make sure that atrocities do not happen. When one incident happens, Administration should be doubly alert to make sure that more incidents do not happen. Such incidents are happening and what is worrisome in Saharanpur incident is that Administration is silent, have been mute witnesses, they have not prevented, they have not stepped in and they have not ensured that the law is activated against the victims.

The Congress Party is also demanding that action shall be initiated against the Administration, the Police force and the District Magistrate for their failure to prevent occurrence and recurrence of these incidents because Section 4 of the Atrocities Act has very clearly detailed what is called 'dereliction of duties'. Whosoever has failed in their duties to prevent occurrence of atrocities shall be punished under the same Atrocities Act. The Congress Party is demanding that cases shall be booked against the District Magistrate and the Supdt. of Police for dereliction of duty.

And finally Congress Party is demanding the Chief Minister to act in a manner to instill confidence among the dalit victims and also make sure that the witnesses are also protected because whenever atrocity happens, the accused manage the witnesses.

The amendments of Atrocities Act also provide detailed provisions as to what kind of protection is to be given to the witnesses. So, the UP Government has to implement the Atrocities Act in letter and spirit and create confidence in dalits that law will protect them, Government will protect them, otherwise, it will be difficult to contain the anger of the dalits which has been witnessed recently when thousands of dalits on their own have gathered at Jantar Mantar to demonstrate their anger, they have given a warning to all the political parties that they cannot tolerate the continued atrocities on them, their right should be protected and I hope UP Government will take this message seriously and create the kind of environment where dalits feel that they are safe.  

श्री भक्त चरणदास ने पत्रकारों को संबोधित करते हुए कहा कि सहारनपुर में शब्बीरपुर एक गाँव है, जहाँ पर दलित सम्पन्न और सक्षम हैं। उस गाँव का इतिहास कहता है कि लगातार वहाँ का प्रधान दलित चुना गया है। तो आज ये झगड़ा क्यों है? संविधान के रचयीता बाबा साहब की प्रतिमा लगाने के लिए आप देखिए लोकतंत्र की विडंबना कि दलित के हक और संविधान रचयीता की प्रतिमा पर प्रश्न खड़ा हुआ है,  उससे आज ये घटना हृदयविदारक बनी है।

भाजपा बहुमत में है, केन्द्र में है, प्रदेश में। चुनाव से पहले भाजपा का वायदा था –'सबका साथ सबका विकास'। तो क्यों आज बराबरी नहीं है, क्यों आज असमानता है? क्यों आज 'औरों का विकास और गरीबों का विनाश' ये ऐजेण्डा लेकर दिल्ली और उत्तर प्रदेश की सरकार चल रही है। ये बहुत बड़ा प्रश्न है, जैसे ही योगी आदित्यनाथ जी मुख्यमंत्री बने, कई संगठनों का व्यवहार संविधान से भी उपर हो गया है। जैसे रोमियो स्कॉयड, गौ-रक्षक सेना और हिंदु युवा वाहिनी का संबंध इस घटना के साथ है, वो लोग इसके साथ जुड़े हैं। जाति के आधार पर लोगों को संगठित करके जिस तरह से 3000 लोगों का प्रदर्शन में जाना, दलितों के उपर अत्याचार करना, उनके घरों को जलाना, ये संगठित रुप से किया गया है। ये दलितों के अधिकारों और हकों के हनन का मामला है। लोकतंत्र में ऐसा हो रहा है। सरकार बनने से पहले ये कहते थे कि सबको समानता से देखेंगे और उसके बाद उसके बिल्कुल विपरीत काम हो रहा है।

आज की घटना से 5 घटनाएं हो गई सहारनपुर में। ये बहुत हृदयविदारक है। सत्ता ठीक होती तो क्या ऐसे होता? आज नई सरकार बनी है, मीडिया को, देशवासियों को बहुत उम्मीद थी। क्या संत रहकर एक व्यक्ति को इस तरह से गरीबों के विरुद्ध काम करना चाहिए, क्या इस तरह का व्यवहार दलितों के साथ होना चाहिए? दलितों के सम्मान के विरुद्ध ऐसा हो रहा है, क्या भाजपा जो सत्तारुढ़ पार्टी है उन्हें ऐसे biased चाहिए?  इसका आत्मचिंतन सरकार और राज्य सरकार को करना चाहिए।

जो मांग कांग्रेस पार्टी ने की है उस पर विचार करते हुए एक स्वतंत्र जांच बिठाकर जो लोग दोषी है उनको तुरंत दंडित करना चाहिए। किसी को माफ नहीं करना चाहिए और जो लोग प्रभावित हैं, उन्हें मुआवजा देना चाहिए, जो लोग असुरक्षित अनुभव कर रहे हैं उनकी सुरक्षा की व्यवस्था करनी चाहिए। जितना जल्द हो सके सरकार और राज्य सरकार को सहारनपुर की समस्या का समाधान करना चाहिए। जितना जल्दी हो सके कांग्रेस पार्टी मांग करती है कि न्याय हो और इस समस्या का समाधान हो।
 

Sd/-

(S.V. Ramani)

Secretary
Communication Deptt.,
AICC

 
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