Mur­dered Dalit boy’s par­ents meet CM, ask for speedy trial

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­ Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­ Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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