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Has the BSP forgotten Pal murder case?

HAS THE Bahujan Samaj Party become apathetic towards the Raju Pal murder case and the killing of two other party leaders in the city? Did the party have prior information about the killing of at least one such leader? A section of its leaders and workers are finding it difficult to digest the rumour that despite knowing that the murder of a leader was in the offing, the party, took no steps to pre-empt it. Instead, it waited for the crime to happen, according to the grapevine.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2006 00:09 IST
BK Singh

HAS THE Bahujan Samaj Party become apathetic towards the Raju Pal murder case and the killing of two other party leaders in the city?

Did the party have prior information about the killing of at least one such leader?
A section of its leaders and workers are finding it difficult to digest the rumour that despite knowing that the murder of a leader was in the offing, the party, took no steps to pre-empt it.

Instead, it waited for the crime to happen, according to the grapevine. After the murder was committed, the party utilised the opportunity to encash more Dalit votes, sources said.

Two attempts were made on the life of the then City West MLA Raju Pal before he was killed on January 25,2005. The attempts clearly indicated that his life was short, but neither the party leaders at the local level nor its national leaders took any step to pre-empt the murder. The party even knew who was baying for the blood of their newly elected MLA.

Worse, after filing an SLP in the Supreme Court for a CBI inquiry into this murder, nobody in the party is pursuing it even after a petition has been admitted. The party’s indifference was palpable when it made no efforts to engage lawyers from the complainant’s side (Pooja Pal, wife of the MLA) to oppose the bail of the accused persons either in the HC or the lower court.

Rumours have started doing the rounds in party circles that SP MP Atique Ahmad, who is named in this murder, has begun making inroads into the BSP, apprehending that his own party will not return to power.

Shockingly, the BSP at the local level did not feel it necessary to come out on the streets even after somebody fired at the widow of Pal recently while she was on the terrace.

Rukhsana, an eyewitness in the Raju Pal murder, is undergoing an ordeal as the fate of the case depends on what she says in court. An attempt was made on her life, but the party did not deem it necessary to launch any agitation. Neither did any prominent party leader consider it necessary to pay a visit to her house, in which she has almost become a prisoner, she said. All this, when everybody knows that Atique and company were after her life, said Rukhsana.

When Ram Vishal Pal, City West party president and election incharge of Raju Pal, was murdered, RK Patel, a senior party leader, asked Indrajeet Saroj, another senior party leader, “FIR ka kya hua. (What happened to the FIR?)
“Uske bibi bachche dekhenge (His wife and children will look into it),” pat came the reply. This happened at the mortuary. Many heard this conversation between the two leaders in disbelief.

Local BSP leaders showed the same apathy when Niranjan Pasi, another party leader, was murdered recently. All that the party did was to hand over a bundle of currency notes, said to be sent by the party supreme, to the pregnant widow of the slain leader.

First Published: Jan 01, 2006 00:09 IST