Murdered Dalit boy’s parents meet CM, ask for speedy trial
The eco-tourism and tribal art and culture centre in Yeoor may soon see the light of the day.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has submitted a proposal to the forest department along with a detailed design plan prepared by the architect for the tribal centre. The centre will boost tourism and provide employment for the tribals.
The proposal for the tribal centre was made seven years ago by Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik. The centre will be set up on 8962 square metre of land inside the Yeoor forest.
City engineer of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Ratan Awsarmol said, “We recently sent a proposal to the forest department. We have also attached the detailed design of the centre with the report. The department had given us a goahead in May, following which, a proposal was made for a noobjection certificate.”
The lush green Yeoor forest is an attraction for nature lovers. A tribal and eco-tourism centre will attract more tourists and schoolchildren to the forest. The tribals will also get a livelihood and a chance to display their art at the centre.
An official, requesting anonymity, said, “The centre will aim at preserving the culture of the tribes in Thane. It will take their way of living, their weapons, Tarpa dance, Warli art and other art forms to others. The tribals will also be encouraged to display their art if it is opened to the people.”
It will educate people about the tribes and the tribals will get employment and become self-sustainable.
The centre will have facilities of parking, administrative building, exhibition centre, seminar hall, walkways and a centre to sell tribal artefacts. The exhibition centre will display tribal history, sculptures, paintings and a story board telling stories from the forest.
The entrance will be done up with tribal murals and wall of bells which is a cluster of hollow pipes attach to a string which will emit music when tapped. “The forest department had asked us to design the centre in such a way that no concrete is used. Thus we have designed the centres using eco-friendly thatched roofs,” the official added.
Sarnaik said, “The forest is under the municipal corporation, thus the centre should be constructed by the TMC. Moreover, the rights and properties of the tribals living in the forest for generations should be safeguarded.”
The TMC had also developed a nature park at Mullah Baugh nearly a decade ago at the Manpada gate of the Yeoor forest.
The Vashi police have arrested two rag pickers from Chembur for allegedly stealing laptops and mobile phones from houses in Vashi. A laptop that had gone missing from a house at Vashi sector 2 has been recovered from them.
According to the police, 19-year-old Asha Shinde and 20-year-old Guddu Giri used to live under a flyover in Chembur. They would come to the satellite city to scrounge for scraps early in the morning and would return in the afternoon.
“While scavenging, they would keep an eye out electronic gadgets in the nearby buildings and whenever they got an opportunity, they would steal the gadgets through windows,” said inspector Suraj Padvi from Vashi police station.
He also added, “A CCTV camera installed at sector 2 captured them while stealing a laptop last week. We had been searching for the duo since then and finally zeroed in on them in Chembur.”
Shinde was arrested last Friday. During interrogation, she spilled the beans on the second accused, Giri. He was arrested on Monday.
“We hope to recover more stolen goods from them. The arrests may lead to cracking of several other cases of theft registered in our police station,” said another officer from the Vashi police station.
The police have booked the accused under sections 380 of the Indian Penal Code. They have been remanded in police custody. The family members of the murdered Dalit boy meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday.
The parents of the Dalit boy, who was allegedly murdered for being a relationship with an upper caste girl last month, met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday and requested for a speedy trial of the case in a special court.
On July19, the 16-year-old boy was beaten to death by the girl’s relatives.
The boy’s parents demanded that the two sub-inspectors from Nerul police station — Sonali Rajguru and Yogesh Mane, who allegedly dismissed the complaint — should be booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Rajguru had even asked the boy if he had any plan to make a Sairat sequel, a popular Marathi film which highlighted honour killing.
Both inspectors were suspended a day after the incident.
“My son was murdered without any fault of his. He loved on girl of his age and that cannot be a crime. We want justice as soon as possible and hence the arrested people should be tried in a special court and not in a regular court,” said Sahaji Sonawne, the boy’s father.
The police arrested 13 people in the murder case. The girl who was also sent to a remand home in Bhiwandi was released last week. She is staying with one of her uncles. He family members are still in judicial custody.
“According to the new amendments of the Atrocity Act, special courts should be set up for such cases and the judgments should come within two months. We have also requested the chief minister to increase the compensation amount given to the family as per the amendment of the act in 2016,” said Amit Katarnawakar, advocate of the family.
“Those two police officers, because of whose negligence the boy died, should be made accused in this case. They are responsible for the murder. The chief minister was cooperative and he also appeared to be positive about our requests,” he said.
“We will wait for next days and see what the CM does about it. We will take our next course of action after that,” Katarnawakar said.