Dalit killings: CM Fadnavis announces probe in Dalit murders

  • HT Correspondent, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 21:44 IST

Newly-anointed Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday asked state DGP to probe the gruesome murder of three members of a Dalit family in Ahmednagar district last month.

Fadnavis told a delegation, which met him in Mumbai on Saturday, that his government will ensure that the case is tried in a fast track court.

The chief minister asked the DGP to probe the matter and submit a report, an official told PTI after the state cabinet meeting.

The CM also directed cabinet minister Pankaja Munde to visit the village in Ahmednagar on Sunday and meet the members of the family.

Incidentally, the government’s response comes amidst protests by various parties. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray visited the family on Saturday along with senior leaders of the party. On Saturday, Raj Thackeray announced a monetary help of Rs 1 lakh for the family and also said that he would raise the issue with Fadnavis.

Former state minister for EGS, Nitin Raut, had requested governor Vidyasagar Rao to ensure immediate arrest of the culprits responsible for the brutal killing of three persons from a Dalit family at Javkheda in Pathardi taluka of Ahmednagar district.

He had also demanded the setting of a fast track court to run the trial in the case and called for long-term measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents.

On October 22, in a suspected case of caste-based violence, three members of a Dalit family were killed and their bodies were chopped into pieces and thrown into a well in Javkheda. The three members, Sanjay Jadhav, his wife Jayshree and their 19-year-old son Sunil were found to be missing. An intense search operation was launched and the bodies were found in a mutilated condition.

The incident led to widespread protests in the state and brought back memories of the horrific Khairlanji massacre where four members of a Dalit family were brutually murdered.

(With inputs from PTI)

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