CPI (M) MLA Rakesh Singha Writes to CM Jairam Thakur against the Worsening Law and Order Situation in the State
[The worsening law and order situation during the previous Congress regime in Himachal Pradesh was one of the main issues in the assembly elections which were held in December 2017. While both the then ruling congress party and the BJP, which was the main opposition party in the state paid lip service to the rising crimes (in particular the horrific case of rape and murder of Gudiya), it was the CPI (M) which in spite of being a small political force in the state had built a powerful movement. Rakesh Singha who is now MLA from the Theog constituency was the undisputed leader of the ‘Justice for Gudiya’ movement- a movement which moved beyond the immediate case and brought to fore how the nexus of police-judiciary-government-rural rich-contractors are sabotaging the justice in case of the working class, dalits and the women. IN fact, the law and order situation under the new government has moved only from bad to worse. The crime against women has been steadily rising in the state and as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2017, nearly 50% of those bearing the brunt of rape are minors. As, Singha has been repeatedly saying the movement isn’t over and he has now taken a step further by writing a letter to the new CM. Socialist India is reproducing the entire text of the letter.]
Dated 9th May, 2018
My dear Jai Ram Thakur ji
It is disturbing to observe lawlessness is slowly eclipsing the peaceful atmosphere of the state. Murder, Rape and drug abuse is on the rise. The police is unable to apprehend the real culprits. The resentment of the people is growing towards this state of affairs. Let me be frank with you the people are not satisfied with the investigation of the CBI in the Gudiya murder and rape case.
Now the dead body of a young farmer who had a progressive outlook was recovered on 7th may he had been missing since 29th April. This young farmer Lokinder Thakur belonged to my constituency. As soon as this information of his missing came to me I sought an appointment with the DGP who was bussy with the unfortunate firing incident in which the state lost a women officer whose son is serving as a doctor in my constituency. I was in touch with the police authorities on daily basis so that Lokinder Thakur could be located but it is sad for the family members his friends his village couleages who made serious efforts to locate him that he could not be found alive.
Earlier an intelligent school boy Nishant belonging to a dalit family went missing from his school in Baragaon. Nishants parents lodged a report with the police on 21st Feb but there is nothing known about him till date. His parents keep waiting for him daily that their only son would come home.
I am writing this letter to you as the gaurdian of the state, you should take keen interest in ascertaining the truth in the death of Lokinder Thakur. You would recollect I had raised the question in the last assembly session regarding the number of missing people in the state.I was not satisfied by the reply of the Govt.I am of the opinion investigation and law and order needs to be separated to get better results so that justice can be done to all aggrieved people by the state.
I hope you will direct the police to carry out scientific investigation in the Lokinder Thakur case so that the truth is known to everyone and no guilty is allowed to go Scott free.