An activist killed religiously; caste-virus 04MH2008

12Jul08

This one of the worst crimes committed by the Religious wicked who consider conversions does not give Dalit a equalising identify. Still newly converted Buddhist fignt by peacefully. Following is the Report prepared by ATN Correspondant by taking  survey of the situation. Lets make everyone of us aware of this heinous act and make ready the generaton stand against prejudices.

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 In a shocking incident, the newly converted Budhhist was hackled to death when he was going to Jamkhed from his residential village of Sonegaon.

Baban Sitaram Misal was borne into Matang Caste which is included in the Schedule Caste. He was a former President of Panchayat Samiti of Jamkhed. Recently he had been elected as a member of Director of Committee on Marketting Agricultural Products.
 

He was an active member of Campaign for Human Rights, a citizens’ forum working especially for the Dalit human Rights. He embraced Budhhism last year at Diksha Bhoomi, Nagpur. He had arranged a Dhamma Conference last year in Jamkhed & was present with his family in the Dhamma Conference of Ahmadangar.

He had attained prosperity because of his hard work in the Society for Fishermen. He was also actively agitating for the rights of the farmers not only of his own caste but for the other caste people too. He was unquestioned leader of his own caste as well as the of the other caste people. In 1991, the houses in the ghetto of Matang Caste people were burnt by some of the men from Maratha, the hindu caste people. The accused of that crime were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of 16 months. They were released from jail a few months back. It had become unbearable for them to see the popularity of Baban Misal.

On 6th of June 08, when he was going to Jamkhed from Sonegaon with his friend Shayam Sathe after requesting the engineer of the dam to release water for the farmers’s land downhill, a car numbered MH-12 YA- 7929 dashed his motorbike from behind. He got thrown over on the road. All the six accused namely, Kailash Jadhav, Shahaji Bolbhat, Arun Bhagat, Harish Birangal, Tatyarao Jadhav, Rajesh Walke (all between age of 30 -40 years) caught him. A scuffle ensued between them. But since the accused possessed axes, daggers & sickles, they overpowered them and threatened his friend Shaym Sathe to leave the place. When they got assured that Shyam left the place, they completely defaced the victim by brutally crushing his face due to which he died on the spot. Then they cut his hand and legs into pieces throwing into different directions. Then they ran away from the place.

Shyam witnessed all this, hiding behind the wall of nearby well, and later he called fellow beings from village to help. Due to hue & cry of the peole all the accused are now arrested and booked under sections of 302, 143, 147,148, 149, 341, 323, 504,506, 3(2)(i) & 3(1)(x) of Prevention of Atrocity Act and 7(1)(3) of Protection of Civil Rights. But the the M.L.A. from B.J.P., Bharat Jadhav who is abettor of the crime is not still arrested.In the clash of the accused and victims, Misal got hold of the hairs of one of the accused which stuck in his nails. The Deputy S.P. Doiphode is investigating the case.

 

The Campaign for Human Rights activist Mr. Arun Jadhav, is following up the matter closely. They have also demanded security for Shyam.

After the incidence, Matang Commission has granted financial relief to the family of Mr. Misal. However, you all know how it is difficult for a widow to raise a family, and particularly when her elder daughter is taking education in 12th standard, and two more kids in schools.

We make earnest appeal to our brothers and sisters in Sangha to help generously.



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