Brahmin organizations angry over the death of a priest who was set afire by land grabbers have demanded Rs50 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and a government job for the kin.
Members of the Brahmin organization on Friday night protested and raised slogans demanding harshest punishments for the men accused of setting fire to priest Babu Lal Vaishnav.
The members of the Vipra Foundation, Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha and Parshruram Sena staged a demonstration at the mortuary of the SMS Hospital.
They refused to take the body of the deceased priest after the post-mortem and sought written assurance from the government for compensation.
Following the intervention of the police and administration, the body was taken to Bukna village in Karauli district on Friday night for cremation.
The national president of the Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha Suresh Mishra, high priest Swami Surabha Raghvendra Acharya, chief of Mandir Pujari Sangh Balmukund Acharya, president of the Gaur Brahmin Mahasabha Pankaj Panchlangiya, and several other Brahmin leaders have condemned the killing.
Leaders of both the ruling and the Opposition have demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. The Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi assured the Brahmin community that action will be taken against all those involved in the ghastly killing.
Opposition criticises govt
Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia and former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje criticized the Gehlot government for its failure to curb crime.
Poonia has set up a committee with national secretary of the BJP Alka Gujjar, Jaipur MP Ram Charan Bohra, and Jitendra Meena to inquire into the circumstances that led to the killing of the priest.
Poonia said the Chief Minister holds the Home portfolio but is unable to curb crime. Poonia said Rajasthan has become one of the worst governed states far as crime is concerned.
The BJP has given a three-day ultimatum to the government to give compensation and a job to the dependent of the family else, it would intensify the agitation.
It is learnt that the village met on October 6 and spoke in favour of the priest of the 200-year-old Radhakrishna Mandir. The 15 bighas of land belonged to the village and it was given to the family of the priest to cultivate and make a living by tilling it.
But the main accused Kailash Meena and his associates in an attempt to encroach the land forcibly entered the area and tried to build a hut there.
When the priest Babulal Vaishnav opposed it, the culprits doused him with petrol and set him ablaze. He was brought to the Jaipur hospital with 80% burn injuries and he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night.
Sapotra, under which Bukna village falls, observed a bandh on Friday in protest against the killing. The main accused Kailash Meena belongs to the tribal Meena community, a politically strong agriculturist community.
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