‘Anti-Brahmin’ posts on social media: 5 more held for murder of Dalit lawyer in Kutch

‘Anti-Brahmin’ posts on social media: 5 more held for murder of Dalit lawyer in Kutch

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

September 28, 2020 3:03:20 am

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Two days after Kutch-based Dalit activist-cum-lawyer, Devji Maheshwari, was murdered allegedly by a Mumbai-based man over his alleged “anti-Brahmin” posts on social media, police detained 5 more accused within the case on Sunday.

To date, six accused, together with Bharat Raval, a resident of Malad West in Mumbai and native of Rapar, have been detained within the case at the same time as a Particular Investig-ation Group (SIT) comprising seven senior cops of Kutch Vary was fashioned on Sunday to analyze the case.

Fifty-year-old Maheshwari was murdered on Friday night in Rapar of Kutch Gandhidham, allegedly by Raval, who’s seen within the CCTV footage following the sufferer inside a constructing in Rapar city. 9 have been booked within the homicide case following a grievance by the sufferer’s spouse, Minaxiben Maheshwari.

Mayur Patil, superintendent of police, Kutch Gandhidham, advised The , “The primary accused was held from Mumbai on Saturday and we detained 5 more accused today (Sunday). We’re but to corroborate with the primary accused concerning the function

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of the remaining accused within the homicide and authorized proceedings reminiscent of Covid take a look at of the detainees are happening… An SIT, which can be overseen by the Inspector Basic of Kutch Vary, with seven senior officers, together with me, has additionally been fashioned.”

On Saturday, Raval was held by a group of Mumbai Crime Department and was handed over to the Gujarat Police for additional investigation.

In accordance with police, Maheshwari was killed by Raval, a Brahmin, who objected to the social media posts made by the sufferer, important of Brahminism. The final put up on Maheshwari’s Facebook put up was a video of All India Backward and Minority Communities Workers Federation (BAMCEF) nationwide president Waman Meshram saying that members of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Different Backward Lessons weren’t Hindus.

In accordance with police, each Maheshwari and Raval had clashed repeatedly over the previous one month the place the latter had warned Maheshwari concerning his social media posts. Raval, Mumbai Police mentioned, travelled to Rapar from Malad on Wednesday with the intention of murdering Maheshwari. CCTV footage from the realm confirmed Maheshwari coming into his workplace constructing at 6 pm on Friday and a person sporting a pink T-shirt following him inside. Seconds later, the person runs out of the constructing and flees.

An FIR was lodged in opposition to Raval and eight others – Jaysukh Luhar, Khimji Luhar, Dhaval Luhar, Devubha Sodha, Vijaysinh Sodha, Mayursinh Sodha, Pravinsinh Sodha and Arjansinh Sodha – for homicide beneath Indian Penal Code part 302 and sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The sufferer’s spouse mentioned in her grievance that her husband had gone to Rapar for some work on an ongoing authorized case in opposition to the individuals of Luhar group. She added that Maheshwari was the one lawyer who had agreed to signify the authorized case in opposition to individuals of Luhar group just lately and he was frequenting police stations to get FIRs lodged.

“The opposite accused named within the FIR are linked to Maheshwari by way of the authorized circumstances he was representing. We’re but to search out any connection between them and primary accused, Raval,” mentioned a senior police officer in Kutch.

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