MUMBAI: Raj Thackeray on Friday gave a
new twist to the debate over the ongoing violence in the state by accusing
‘anti- RR Patil’ forces of fuelling the riots.
to the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena chief, a large section of disgruntled
elements in different political parties is out to discredit the state home
minister, RR Patil. This section is behind the Dalit protests, he said.
“The alleged desecration of an Ambedkar statue in Kanpur was just a
trigger,” Mr Thackeray believes.
Addressing mediapersons at his
party’s headquarters in central Mumbai, he drew attention to another
incident where a Dalit is alleged to have raped a girl and killed her. The
incident is believed to have taken place at Khairlanji, where a Dalit family was
killed by a group of non-Dalits recently. These Khairlanji killings sparked
violent protests across Maharashtra last month. Around fifty persons from the
village were arrested in connection with the case so far.
Thackeray demanded action on those responsible for the rape and the subsequent
death of the girl. “Why no body is helping the girl’s family,”
he asked. He demanded a probe into the incident and asked the government to book