KILLING OF TWENTY WORKERS BY A P POLICE
It is extremely
disturbing to know that 20 persons who are poor and unskilled were shot down by A P police , as they were
reported to be cutting down red sanders in Andhra Pradesh. It is said that these poor
workers were employed by smugglers, rowdies and thugs , who obviously have
political connections and some of them may be active politicians too. These workers who were shot down for
committing the lawless activity, might not have even known that they were
breaking the law. It is said that such illegal activities have been going on
for long time and it is extremely difficult to believe that the police , senior
officials and politicians belonging to various political parties do not know as
to who were the persons behind such acts.
Police say that they
have shot down the workers , as they were attacking the police and police acted
in self defence. Can anyone believe this ? With superior arms , intelligence
services at their command and vehicle facilities and strength of number , police
could have easily surrounded them and arrested them.
However, is it possible that police were more interested in
shooting them down to finish them once for all to put down such activities, rather than
arresting them to find the men behind the act who have sent the workers to cut
As usual, the
government will order an enquiry and the opposition will demand that the investigation
should be given to CBI. There will be
lot of debate in TV and media as to who should conduct the enquiry. After some time, the government will provide compensation to the victims and claim
that it has done it’s job. Twenty poor families with wife and children will
suffer life long .However, the country will forget them soon and media will wait for next such episode.
In the early days of
independence, when Indian politicians were more responsible and conscious of
their duties , they would have resigned if such things were to have happened at
that time. Today, things have deteriorated to such an extent that people often
find it difficult to distinguish between criminals and politicians.
Killing of twenty
poor workers certainly will disturb the conscience of millions of fair minded and good Indians , though it may
not be so in the case of most politicians at various levels.
Can we expect the Chief
Minister of Andhra Pradesh to own responsibility and resign and face an enquiry ? Is such standard too much to ask for in
Will Mr. Narendra
Modi , the Prime Minister who is
ultimately responsible for all good and bad things, condemn this disturbing killings in unequivocal terms
and share the sentiments of millions of Indians ,though Andhra Pradesh is now
ruled by his ally?
Nandini Voice For The Deprived