Dalit man's murder in Saharanpur a blot on nation: BJP MP Udit Raj

Bhim Army regional president Kamal Walia’s brother Sachin was allegedly shot by unidentified assailants in Ramnagar village on Wednesday, the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap.

Published: 12th May 2018 06:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2018 06:54 AM   |  A+A-

BJP MP Udit Raj (Photo : Facebook)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In a huge embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janata Party, its own MP Udit Raj has claimed that the murder of a Dalit youth in the party-ruled Uttar Pradesh highlighted the frightening situation of Dalits in the country.

Bhim Army regional president Kamal Walia’s brother Sachin was allegedly shot by unidentified assailants in Ramnagar village on Wednesday, the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap. Significantly, the murder took place exactly one year after Saharanpur witnessed one of the worst caste conflagrations.

The BJP MP termed Sachin’s murder as a blot on the nation. Stating that the situation in Saharanpur continued to be tense following the murder, Raj has called upon the UP government to conduct an impartial enquiry into the incident. The BJP MP added that Dalits in Saharanpur were living in an atmosphere of fear.

“The Dalit youth was murdered in the presence of senior officials of the state government. This incident is not just shameful, but a blot to the nation,” added Raj. Significantly, a couple of days before his brother’s murder, Kamal Walia had expressed apprehensions that Thakurs in the district were planning to engineer riots again on May 9, by taking out processions to provoke Dalits and the Bhim Army.

“Walia was a Dalit activist who raised issues concerning Dalits. On a day when the upper caste people were commemorating the Maharana Pratap Jayanti, they killed him despite senior police officials being present at the spot,” claimed the BJP MP.

The BJP MP reiterated that Dalits at various places, including Gwalior, Jodhpur, Sikar, Barmer, Hapur, Bhind and Jaipur, continue to be falsely implicated after the April 2 Bharat Bandh.

The anger of Dalit MPs seems to be growing inside the saffron party. Before this, at least four more MPs from the party have opened up on the alleged atrocities on Dalits under the BJP dispensation at the Centre and in states. Those who have raised their voice against the party management is Dr Yashwant Singh, BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Nageen, Savitri Bai Phule, BJP MP from Bahraich, Chhote Lal Kharwar and Ashok Dohrey.

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  • Atul Biswas

    Dalits have become the chosen, inescapable and unerring targets of the upper castes who have no regard for their life and dignity. They are sure that by murdering dalits and tribals, they are enhancing the cause of Hindu rashtra, establishment which is the ultimate objective of the ruling party per se. Bhim Arym chief, Chandrasekhar Azad Ravan is already in jail under draconian law. His apprehension for life has been publicly expressed through media. Government, both central and state, must take fullproof arrangement for his security lest no untoward incident involving his life and security take place. It seems that no dalit is safe under the present dispensation. Their enemies have virtually waged a civil war against the vulnerable sections. Prime Minister had, sometine back, declared, "Shoot me, don't shoot my dalit brothers." Nobody takes him seriously. Everyday every Tom, Dick and Harry has been showing disrespect to him by committing crimes against the Prime Minister's dictat with impunity. Alas! we have never seen PM being so flagrantly being humiliated in India even in states ruled by his part governments. The PM is nonetheless is silent.
    5 years ago reply
  • Sankaramani

    Why murder of a particular community attracts attention when hundreds of other people are murdered. Murder and raping have become common occurrence today. Instead of dealing with law and order problem ,communal angle is given . Life is important for everyone. There is no difference. Media is selective in criticizing govt, Let God save this country.
    5 years ago reply
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