INDIA: Mumbai: The eight persons arrested, including a jeweller, are accused of violently attacking a sanitation worker on suspicion of theft, which resulted in his death in Bhayander, Mumbai’s northern neighbourhood.
Chandicharan Sanatan Bind (33), Dilip Nirmalchandra Bind (44), and Ashish Manas Dey were detained and remanded in police custody. At Navghar Police Station, an FIR (No 0366 dated May 7) was filed on charges of killing sanitation worker Krishna Palaram Tusamad (32).
The FIR was filed after Krishna’s father, Palaram Dhanaram Tusamad (54), filed a complaint alleging that his son was falsely accused and murdered by his employer and accomplices.
Krishna was allegedly beaten to death by the owner of the fake ornament factory in Indralok phase IV, where he was employed as a sanitation worker on May 7.
He was thrashed violently one fateful day, and after he passed out, he was sent to the Family Care Hospital in Navghar. However, before he was in, the physicians proclaimed him dead.
Comrade K Narayan, Working President of the Saphai Shramik Union, linked to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), claimed he was mercilessly assaulted with iron rods. At the same time, his hands and feet were tied, and his body bore the marks of the bruises all over.
The deceased Krishna belonged to the Valmiki community, a Dalit linguistic minority community. As such, the perpetrators of such horrific crime should be charged under the SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, according to Comrade K.Narayanan of the Communist Party (Marx). Krishna’s ancestors are from Haryana.
Comrade K. Narayanan has demanded in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that 1) the SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act be applied in the case, 2) a flawless and speedy Police investigation be launched, and the trial be held in the Fast track court to ensure that all the perpetrators of this crime are awarded the harshest punishment, and 3) financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh be given to the victim’s helpless family. A wife, three daughters, and a son survive the deceased.
This fight has been taken up by the CPI(M), Saphai Shramik Union, Jaati Anth Sangharsh Samiti, and the wider democratic collective of Mumbai.
We demand immediate and meaningful action from Maharashtra’s highest levels of government. “If it is not forthcoming, the ruling establishment should be ready to spend sleepless nights!” Narayanan added.
The incident is being investigated, according to Navghar police officer Prakash Pandurang Masal, and new charges may be filed based on the evidence.
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