Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday expressed condolences to the family of Bhim Sain, a 27-year-old Dalit who was brutally murdered at the farmhouse of an Akali leader in Abohar last week. During a telephonic conversation with Kaushalya Devi, the victim’s mother, Rahul assured her that justice would be done in the case, claimed Sandeep Jakhar, a local Youth Congress leader who facilitated the call.
Channi meets kin
Congress Legislature Party leader Charanjit Singh Channi, who visited the family on Wednesday, said, “If the Akali government fails to nab all accused, including liquor baron and SAD leader Shiv Lal Doda, the Congress will call for safai karamcharis (sweepers) across the state to strike in support of Sain, who was also a Valmiki, like most of the workers.”
He also announced that a three-member committee of MLAs would be formed in the next 24 hours in consultation with state party chief Captain Amarinder Singh to probe this case.
“The formation of a special investigation team is just an eyewash. Going by the previous experience, such probes are meant to save the culprits,” Channi claimed. He was accompanied by MLA Sunil Jakhar. A Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Hardev Singh Arshi also met Sain’s family.
Channi alleged that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal were protecting the accused. He also called upon all like-minded parties to come on a common platform to protest against the alleged atrocities on Dalits under the present regime.