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Khairlangi issue hots up in M'rashtra assembly

RPI leader, Jogendra Kawade demands immediate dismissal of the state Govt and imposition of President Rule, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 21:10 IST

Targeting the Deputy Home Minister, RR Patil, who also holds the Home portfolio, on the Khairlangi Dalit killing, the vocal RPI leader, Jogendra Kawade on Monday, demanded immediate dismissal of the DF government and imposition of President Rule in the state.

Initiating an adjournment motion, along with the opposition members, Kawade alleged that all the vital evidences of the brutal Dalit killings were suppressed at the behest of the Home department.

As soon as the House met for the day, the leader of the Opposition in the Council, Pandurang Fundkar, the senior BJP leader, Nitin Gadkari and Kawade, one of the partners of the alliance government, raised the Khairlangi issue and demanded discussion on the killings of four members of Bhotmange family.

Lashing out at his own government, Kawade alleged that the Dalit atrocities were increasing since the Patil had taken the reign of the Home department. Patil is anti-Dalit and a casteist bias. He has no right to continue "The government should also set up a commission to probe Dalit atrocities since Patil has taken the charge," he insisted.

He asked why such unprecedented police arrangements was made in Nagpur when different Dalit organisations wanted to take out peace march in protest against the killings. By doing so, the state government was also trying to isolate dalits from others, he pointed out.

Kawade alleged that the NCP legislator from the area, Nana Panchbudhe was deeply involved in the killings and that's why NCP and Congress leaders were keeping mum on the issue.

The Council was adjourned for the reply from the government. When it again reassembled for a reply on the issue, the senior BJP leader alleged that Kawaden was arrested by the police at the Assembly campus. This sparked vehement protest from the opposition benches who raised slogans against the government. The chair adjourned the House for the day following pandemonium caused by the opposition over the arrested of the Dalit leader.

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First Published: Dec 04, 2006 21:10 IST