A Hindu Mahapanchayat was organized in Gurugram, Haryana on Tuesday, February 21, in support of the accused in the Junaid-Nasir murder case. Not only this, a warning was also given to the Rajasthan Police in this panchayat regarding the arrest of accused Monu Manesar.
However, this is not the first time that a public meeting has been held in support of an accused. In such a situation, do you know which meetings were held in support of the accused earlier?
1. Tricolor rally in support of Kathua rape and murder accused
On January 10, 2018, a girl child was abducted in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir and kept hostage in a village temple. According to the charge sheet, she was gang-raped. He is strangled to death on 13th January. After this, on January 16, the body of the victim was thrown in the area.
A total of 6 accused were convicted in this case. However, one of the accused was acquitted.
A rally was taken out in support of the accused involved in the case and the tricolor was in the hands of the people involved. It was named ‘Tiranga Yatra’.
According to the report of India Today, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and ministers in the then PDP-BJP government, Chaudhary Lal Singh (Forest Minister) and Chandra Prakash Ganga (Commerce Minister) also participated in this rally. However, after this he had to resign due to increasing political pressure.
2. Rally in support of rape accused BJP MLA
Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a four-time MLA from Bangarmau in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl. According to the report, this matter is of June 4, 2017.
On April 3, 2018, the victim’s father was arrested in an illegal arms case. A few days later, on April 9, 2018, he died in judicial custody.
On July 28, 2019, a speeding truck hit the car of the victim, her two aunts and their lawyer. During this, her aunt died, while the victim and her lawyer were seriously injured.
The accused MLA was expelled from the BJP in August 2019 after the matter escalated.
On August 1, 2019, the Supreme Court transferred the rape case and four related cases to Delhi and directed the trial court to complete the trial in 45 days.
A rally was organized on 23 April 2018 in support of the accused in this case and former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.
During this, the protesters had alleged that their MLA was being targeted for a ‘political conspiracy’. Members of the protesting group, reportedly led by Nagar Panchayat President Anuj Dixit, were seen carrying placards and banners reading ‘Our MLAs are innocent’.
Please inform that Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been convicted under Section 376 of the IPC and Section 5 (C) and 6 of the POCSO Act.
Criminal Advocate Ahmed Ibrahim in Delhi said that when one has to take out a rally, protest or hold a panchayat, permission has to be taken from the local police administration. In this permission letter, the people organizing the Protest give an undertaking that no illegal things will happen in this meeting and if something like this happens then we will be responsible for it.
3. Rally in support of the man who killed in the name of love jihad
In December 2017, in Rajsamand, Rajasthan, a person named Shambhulal Regar allegedly killed a youth Afrazul alias Bhuttu, a resident of West Bengal, in the name of love jihad and later doused him with petrol and burnt him. The video of this incident also went viral on social media.
Please tell that Afrazul, a resident of West Bengal, lived in Rajsamand for the last 20 years and worked as a contractor in building construction.
A few days later, on 14 December 2017, a rally was taken out in support of the murder accused Shambhulal Regar. Before the rally, a person named Upadesh Rana, who described himself as the national campaigner of Vishwa Sanatan Sangh, had announced the rally by posting on social media.
According to the Indian Express report, stones were pelted in this rally and 4-5 policemen were injured. Although the police detained 50 people involved in the rally and during this the police had to impose section 144 in Udaipur.
4. Gujarat: Rally in support of rape accused in Vadodara
In 2018, a police constable was accused of rape by a woman detained on charges of murder at Santrampur police station in Gujarat’s Mahisagar district. According to a Times of India report, the woman alleged that she was tortured and raped after being taken into police custody on the afternoon of May 29. The victim had also alleged that she was given electric shocks, beaten and her hands were pierced with pins.
Subsequently, in August, residents of Lunawada town in Mahisagar district took out a rally in support of police constable Minesh Bhunekar, accused of rape in police custody .
5. Bulandshahr: Welcome to the accused of killing the inspector
On December 3, 2018, in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, a mob of cow vigilantes allegedly killed Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in the UP Police.
The body of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was found inside his SUV in a field.
According to the NDTV report, the police had said in their statement that Inspector Subodh was attacked by a person with an axe, hit on the head, two of his fingers were chopped off. Even after being injured, he was trying to run away, during which he was shot.
A video of the attack went viral on social media, in which voices of “goli maro” could be heard.
Five people were accused of murder in this case. 33 others, including accused Shikhar Aggarwal and Upendra Raghav, were charged with violence and arson.
A total of seven accused were arrested in this case and they were released on bail in August 2019.
According to the report, as soon as the accused of violence Jeetu Fauji, Shikhar Aggarwal, Hemu, Upendra Singh Raghav, Sourav and Rohit Raghav came out of jail, the people associated with the Hinduist organization welcomed them with flower garlands. Not only this, during this time slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Vande Mataram and Jai Shri Ram were raised.
Please tell that the accused named Shikhar Aggarwal had held the post of former city president of BJP Yuva Morcha of Sayana. Upendra Singh Raghav had been the department president of the International Hindu Council.
6. Bilkis Bano rape case: VHP welcomes release of convicts
Bilkis Bano was gang-raped during the 2002 riots in Gujarat. At that time she was 21 years old and five months pregnant. Seven members of his family were murdered by the rioters.
In this incident, 11 convicts Radheshyam Shah, Jaswant Chaturbhai Nai, Keshubhai Wadania, Bakabhai Wadania, Rajibhai Soni, Rameshbhai Chauhan, Shaileshbhai Bhatt, Bipin Chandra Joshi, Govindbhai Nai, Mitesh Bhatt and Pradeep Modhia were sentenced to life imprisonment, who were sentenced to life imprisonment in Gujarat. Released under the exemption policy of the government. After the release of these convicts from the jail, they were welcomed by garlanding the Vishwa Hindu Parishad office.
It is worth noting that in most of these cases, Hindutva groups supported the accused of rape or murder.
Questions arising on police action
Hate speech was also given against Muslims in the Hindu Mahapanchayat held in Gurugram, Haryana on 21st February. Threats were made to the Rajasthan Police, but neither the police received any notice nor any action was taken against those who did so. There are many other such cases in which questions are raised on the police.
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Bhakt Hari Singh, in his speech at the ‘Dharma Sansad’ held at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on 5 January 2023, made a violent appeal to Hindus and said when will you kill Christians and Muslims? What do you have that will kill? There are only so many knives, which you use to cut vegetables, nothing will happen with that knife, keep your weapon.
The surprising thing is that the police did not take any action against the person who talked about such hatred and killing of certain communities, but sent a notice to the portal showing its report. A notice was sent by the police to the media house named Molitics, which showed this news.
Advocate Ahmed Ibrahim said, “If any kind of illegal things happen in a Protest, then the police registers an FIR against the accused on the basis of any complaint made. Along with this, the police also have the right to take action on illegal things by themselves.”
In this, the question arises on the police that when the police already knew that the Hindu mahapanchayat people were going to hold the panchayat in support of the accused in the Junaid-Nasir murder case, then why was it allowed by the police?
Let us tell you that there are many such examples where FIR has been registered by the police itself against the people who have been made accused in the case.
Advocate Ahmed Ibrahim told that a total of eight FIRs have been registered against Sharjeel Imam, in which all the FIRs have been registered on the basis of the complaint made by the policemen.
Now the question arises on the police that what is forcing it not to take action against Hindu organizations? If police can take action on Sharjeel Imam by registering FIR themselves, can send notice to any news portal after covering hate speech and can send notice to singer Neha Singh Rathore for her song “UP Mein Ka Ba”. Then why action is not taken by the police against those who give hate speech?