Ex-babus crying hoarse on Hathras; Write to UP CM with blinkers on

Lalit Shastri

A bunch of 92 retired officers from the all-India services have acted with the herd mentality and signed an open letter to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Mnister on the Hathras incident and condemned the State Government over the murder of a 19 year old woman, belonging to the socially deprived sections and lack of proper treatment to the victim when she was still alive.

The letter in question takes off by stating:
“Just when we thought that nothing could numb our consciences and brains further, the handling of the Hathras incident by the Uttar Pradesh administration has shown that, as a nation, we are plumbing the depths of depravity and callousness in governance. A young Dalit woman is brutally violated. Almost three weeks after the incident, the police are yet to confirm the crime of rape and are still spinning theories around it, although the video of what amounts to her dying declaration seems to confirm it. Her neck was lacerated, her spinal column was broken and there were cuts on her tongue. Instead of promptly admitting her to a hospital with advanced facilities for dealing with trauma, she was allowed to languish in the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Aligarh. She was moved to Delhi only two weeks after the incident, that too on the request of her family, a case of too little, too late. What followed was an even greater travesty of justice and basic human values. After her death, her body was despatched post haste to her village and cremated in the dead of night by policemen.”

The bunch of oldies, who have had the best of both worlds as serving government officers, are extremely polarised as they go on to observe with blinkers on: “With our experience as erstwhile administrators in different departments of the central and state governments, our group of former civil servants had, in the past, highlighted the brazen violations of the rule of law in the Unnao rape case and in the murder of the police inspector in Bulandshahr.”

One can say with full conviction, the ex-officers have a motive and they acted with blinkers on as they have chosen to turn a blind eye to the role of PFI – the extremist and fundamentalist Islamic organisation- and the rabidly divisive and sectarian Bhim Army, besides mainstream Opposition parties including the Congress led by the Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Vadra, and the Samajwadi Party that has been at the helm of affairs in Uttar Pradesh but is now in the doldrums and the way they have done everything not only to politicise the issue but also creat a caste divide. There are also reports that the PFI had hatched a conspiracy and there was an attempt by few PFI operatives, some of whom have already been arested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on the basis of solid evidence and further investigation is on in this matter.

Eye brows are being raised as these retired officers have chosen to remain silent and have said nothing about the heinous incident of crime in Rajasthan coicinding with the Hathras incident. A 22 year old, also from the deprived sections, was gang-raped, brutally assualted and murdered – not by the so-called upper caste people but by Muslims.

These officers also have maintained an eerie silence over the lynching of two Hindu Sadhus and their driver in Palghar District of Maharashtra by a mob right in front of the police.

The unworthy lot never saw anything wrong in Kashmir, when the Police under Mufti was committing atrocities on students of National Institute of Technology in Srinagar; when there was genocide and Kashmiri Hindus were killed raped and driven out of Kashmir and forced to languish in refugee camps; when Indian tricolour was being burnt and ISIS flags were raised; when the Kashmir valley had become the hunting ground of terrorists, jihadis and secessionist forces; nor over political murders in Bengal and Kerala or when the anti-national students of JNU were raising slogans to split India into pieces and the anti-CAA protestors at Shaheen Bagh had taken the citizens of Delhi to ransom and resorted to violence and mayhem …..the list is endless

Click for the Letter to CM

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