Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday directed the CID-CB to conduct investigation into the killing of the priest in Karauli, Rajasthan. Vikas Sharma, the CID-CB Superintendent of Police, has been directed to lead the investigation. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has issued a press note and alleged that BJP is trying to spoil the atmosphere of Rajasthan by making the fight between two families a quarrel of communities.
“It is condemnable that the BJP gave a communal colour to the tragic incident between the Meena and Vaishnav communities of a land dispute case between two families in Buknavilllage of Sapotara. This has undermined the image of Rajasthan unnecessarily,” Mr. Gehlot said in a statement.
It is to be noted that Babulal Vaishnav, the priest of Radha Krishna temple in Bukana village of Karauli was burnt alive by six goons on 8 October. It is alleged that the attackers carried out this incident to capture the temple land. The priest was admitted to hospital in about 80 percent burn condition where he succumbed to his injuries.Soon after the incident, there was political turmoil in Rajasthan as political leaders from Delhi started reaching the priests as the Gehlot government was put on the backfoot.
Soon, the Gehlot government has announced one million compensation to the victim’s family. The state government also promised job to a family member. Along with this, Rs 1.5 lakh will be given to the victim’s family under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. It is also to be noted that following the incident the SHO and Patwari have been suspended by the state government.
Meanwhile, the BJP has got an opportunity to question the Gehlot government in connection with the case of burning the priest alive in Karauli. Police has arrested the main accused Kailash Meena and BJP is demanding death penalty for the accused within 7 days.
BJP leader Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that no one is safe in Rajasthan today. He said that neither women nor children are safe here, priests are also not safe here. Lok Sabha MP Rathore blamed the Ashok Gehlot government for the incident.
BJP leader Kapil Mishra went to Karauli and met the victim’s family. Kapil Mishra said thatafter putting pressure on the government, the compensation amount of the victim’s family has been increased from 10 lakh to 25 lakh rupees. Despite this, many accused are still roaming outside. The government is not making any effort to catch them.
After the BJP, former Uttar Pradesh CM and BSP chief Mayawati targeted the Congress. Mayawati said that the Congress leaders meeting the victim in Hathras are silent on the Rajasthan incident while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) national spokesperson SudhindraBhadoria termed it “a cover-up”.
Additionally, Rajasthan governor Kalraj MishraGovernor spoke to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot regarding the increasing crime cases in Rajasthan.The Governor had expressed concern about the increasing cases in Rajasthan, on which CM Gehlot assured that the cases are being investigated and the culprits will not be spared.