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No action against cops sees no action at Baihar shakhas

Miffed over delay in arrest of cops who allegedly attempted the murder of RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav, most Sangh shakhas in Baihar town have stopped operating.

bhopal Updated: Oct 23, 2016 15:04 IST
Anuraag Singh, Hindustan Times, Balaghat
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Bhopal, India - Oct. 25, 2015: RSS workers taking out 'Path-sanchalan' as part of Dussehra celebration at historical Sadar Manzil Palace in Bhopal, India, on Sunday. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/ Hindustan Times)

Miffed over delay in arrest of seven cops and three home guards who allegedly attempted the murder of RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav, most Sangh shakhas in Baihar town have stopped operating.

Young cadres running and attending these shakhas squarely blame Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the non action.

Out of the ten shakhas which daily assembled in mornings and evenings, at least seven to eight are no longer functioning regularly over delay in arrest of the ten accused, seven of whom have been suspended, while services of 3 home guards terminated.

“We want their arrest and nothing less than that. Till the time those cops who dragged our zila praharak out of his office and brutally beat him in custody are not arrested, its difficult for us to hold our regular shakhas,” said Baihar zila karyawah Chitrasen Chaudhary.

Out of the ten shakhas, which operate in Baihar town, regular morning and evening assembly is on only at two places, Civil Lines and Abkari Tola and sporadically at Khairmata temple ground.

There is hardly any action in the other shakha grounds at Chalis Makaan, Raunda Tola, Narsingh Tola, Compounder Tola, Bara Patthar, Basti Road and Kumhari Tola, claimed Chaudhary.

“While Baihar town daily hosted 10 shakhas, 35 other shakhas functioned in other parts of Baihar which is treated by RSS as separate district owing to past incidents of conversion activities by Christian Missionaries and some incidents of Muslim girls eloping with Hindu girls. The other 35 shakhas operated in Parsawada, Birsa, Garhi, Lamta and Ukwa,” added Baihar nagar karyavah Rohit Bhairam.

If all 45 shakhas are to be taken into account, only 12-15 shakhas are functioning and concern over delay in arrest of cops is being seen as a major reason behind it, the duo added .

Considered very close to the RSS zila pracharak Suresh Yadav, his deputy Bhairam adds, “even in the Congress rule in MP, never was an RSS functionary dragged out of the office and beaten in public. How can we tolerate inaction by a government which is being run by our swayamsewaks,” said Bhairam.

“Our seniors leaders who coordinate RSS activities in Balaghat and Mandla district asked us to exercise self-restraint, otherwise we knew how to handle the situation on our own. We are sad, dejected, angry and concerned over the government inaction in the matter, which is why all our young and old swayamsevaks are not regularly going to shakhas,” said the duo RSS cadres.

Only CM Shivraj to be blamed

The two young RSS cadres who are considered integral for holding shakhas in Baihar town and adjoining areas squarely blame chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the delay in arrest of the cops.

“What was the need for a special investigation team (SIT) probe into the matter, when its crystal clear that the cops beat up our pracharak in pre-planned manner over a small issue of social media post,” questioned Bhairam and Chaudhary.

Adds Chaudhary and Bhairam, If the CM had wanted, he would have certainly got the accused cops arrested by now. It’s nearly a month and we’re still waiting for outcome of SIT probe. How can we regularly hold shakhas when we know that the only thing concerning our cadres at every shakha in Baihar is delay in arrest of those who unleashed brutality to our pracharak.

A class IX student Somesh Dhurve, who daily held one of the shakhas as mukhya shikshak echoes sentiments of his seniors. “No action against cops is dominating our psyche, owing to which its difficult to hold shakhas regularly till the cops are arrested,” he said.

First Published: Oct 23, 2016 15:04 IST