RPI to join Khairlanji appeal in apex court
Ramu Bhagwat, TNN, Oct 10, 2010, 06.23am IST
NAGPUR: The Republican Party of India (United) leader Ramdas Athawale
said here on Saturday that his party would file a separate appeal
against the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court's verdict in the
infamous Khairlanji massacre case.
He has also sought setting up of a judicial inquiry into the case as
there was a political conspiracy to downplay the killing of four
members of the Dalit family in the Bhandara village four years ago.
Athawale accused the ruling NCP-Congress in the state of using
political influence in the case so as not to press charges against the
convicts under the Prevention of Atrocities against SC/ST Act.
"In the lower court in Bhandara as well as in the high court the
charges under Atrocity Act were not framed. As a result the culprits
got away with it," he said.
"Moreover it is our observation that record of convictions in cases
under the said Act is very poor in the state as they are not taken
seriously. No wonder, though the law is tough, the culprits go scot
free as the state is indifferent towards the plight of the community.
That's why we will go to Supreme Court irrespective of the appeal
which is likely to be filed by the state in the Khairlanji case," said
Athawale also announced that his party is planning to organise a
protest march in the city on December 14 in the city during the winter
session of the state legislature.
On the Naxalite issue, he appealed to the Leftist rebels to join the
national mainstream by shunning the path of violence. He said that the
Naxal movement was doing no good to the tribals who are suffering from
threats of the Naxals as well as the police.
Expressing satisfaction that Hindus and Muslims showed restraint in
accepting the court verdict in the Ayodhya case, he said that the RPI
would examine legal avenues to stake a claim on a part of the disputed
site in Ayodhya.
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