Parrikar-led BJP Govt fails miserably in Goa as ‘new jobs creation’ falls to ZERO in 2017-18

Goa government statistics obtained from the Dept of Personnel and other related Ministries like Home, Admin, etc., reveal that over the last 12-14 months, the new jobs’ creation count – at least in the government and semi government sector has fallen to zero – a major embarrassment and failure for the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government in Goa, which made tall promises to wipe out unemployment in Goa in both its election manifestos of 2012 and 2017.

“There is absolutely no governance, the ministries are being run by remote control, from ICUs in hospitals either in the US or in Delhi. Basic functions of the government and routine and day-to-day activities are being carried out by bureaucrats and other government officials, but there is no initiative, no new development or progress taking place in the State,” a former chief secretary of Goa told IndiaScoops.com.

Even in the private unorganized sector in Goa, there is no growth in new jobs. Same old jobs or vacancies are filled as the seasons change and employees look for greener pastures, but there is no noticeable growth in employment over the last one year, primarily due to the lack of governance in the State as the  CM and other Ministers have been in ICU for the last six months or so, a  Congress leader explained.

Also Read: ‘Govt Jobs in Goa Are Sold For Lakhs’: Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco

Curtorim Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco in a written note submitted to the media on Saturday stated that “Parrikar fooled Goemkars with his false promises of reserving 80 per cent jobs for locals in companies operating in Goa and the creation of about 50,000 new jobs in the State.”

In the 2017 election manifesto of the BJP, the party claimed the State would become unemployment free in the next five years, which is a bundle of lies, says Lourenco, adding, “to top it all, Parrikar openly stately in the Assembly that the government cannot force industry to employ Goans”.

The Parrikar government does not have a fool-proof framework, there is no plan, or a set of guidelines. How does the government plan to fill the so-called 3000 vacancies, Lourenco asked, adding that everyone knows that government jobs in Goa are sold for a huge price. (Read Here)

PM Narendra Modi gets UN’s ‘Champions of the Earth’ award

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded with the UN’s highest environmental honour, bestowed upon five other individuals and organisations, for his leadership of the International Solar Alliance and pledge to eliminate single use plastic in India by 2022.

Six of the world’s most outstanding environmental changemakers have been recognised with the Champions of the Earth Award, the UN’s highest environmental honour.

“This years’ laureates are recognised for a combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times,” the UN Environment Programme said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, President of France and Modi have been jointly recognised in the Policy Leadership category for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action, including Macron’s work on the Global Pact for the Environment and Modi’s unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022.

Cochin International Airport has also been honoured this year with the award for Entrepreneurial Vision, for its leadership in the use of sustainable energy.

Source: Hindu Business Line

Delhi HC Sets Aside Order Restricting Cobrapost from Publishing Sting Operation

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday set aside an order restraining the web portal Cobrapost from making public its documentary, which alleged that various media houses have indulged in unethical practices like paid news, saying that public figures and institutions have to fulfil a high threshold to seek injunctive relief in respect of alleged libel or defamation.

A bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and A.K. Chawla said the ex-parte injunction, granted on the plea of Dainik Bhaskar Corporation Ltd, to subsist during the entirety of the pendency of the suit, was unjustified.

“Unless it is demonstrated at the threshold that the offending content is malicious or palpably false, an injunction and that too an ex-parte one, without recording any reasons should not be given,” it said.

However, the bench remanded the matter back to the single judge to consider the question of grant of interim relief on the basis of the pleadings and contentions of the parties.

It asked the parties to be present before the single judge on October 3 and made it clear that the observations made in the today’s decision do not in any manner reflect on the merits of the facts which are yet to be decided by the single judge.

The bench said the consequence of not following established rules and principles would be that the courts would unwittingly, through their orders, stifle public debate.

“If courts are to routinely stifle debate, what cannot be done by law by the State can be achieved indirectly without satisfying exacting constitutional standards that permit infractions on the valuable right to freedom of speech,” it said.

The court said the new age media, especially the electronic media and internet, posts greater challenges and the valuable right of free speech should not be diluted in the process.

“The salutary and established principle in issues that concerned free speech are that public figures and public institutions have to fulfil a very high threshold to seek injunctive relief in respect of alleged libel or defamation,” it said.

The single judge had on May 24 restrained Cobrapost from making public its documentary, titled ‘operating 136: Part II’, on Dainik Bhaskar’s plea.

In its appeal before the division bench, Cobrapost, operated by non-profit organisation Forum for Media and Literature, had said it was a matter of freedom of speech and the single judge had granted ex-parte injunction and stayed the documentary mechanically.

Dainik Bhaskar had argued before the single judge that if released, the documentary would cause irreparable loss and injury to its reputation.

The portal had, however, released the documentary, but without any reference to Dainik Bhaskar.

While passing the interim injunction order, the single judge had issued summons to the Forum for Media and Literature and others.

Cobrapost had carried a story titled “Operation 136: Part I” on 17 media houses and alleged malpractices, including paid news, peddling of communal agenda and acceptance of black currency. It was released on March 26.

Source: The Wire

GOI told us take Reliance or No Deal: Former top Francois Hollande defence aide stands by ex-President’s statements on Rafale

A former top defence aide and one of the military advisers to the ex-President of France, Francois Hollande in an exclusive interview with IndiaScoops.com, has concurred and stood by the statements made by the former French Premier on the Rafale deal.

“I was aware and in the know of almost everything concerning the deal and what the ex-President said is absolutely correct and true,” he told IndiaScoops.com.

He also told IndiaScoops.com that there is great pressure from the Government of India (GOI) on the French establishment, the French government and Dassault Aviation to issue press statements favoring the decisions taken at that point in time.

The French government, the former French Premier  Francois Hollande and the entire Defence setup of France had absolutely no role to play in the selection of the Indian partner. It was a decision foisted upon us by the GOI, he told IndiaScoops.com.

According to one of Hollande’s former Defence adviser who spoke to  IndiaScoops.com, even Dassault Aviation was initially keen on going ahead with the Indian PSU HAL and was looking forward to partnering with HAL for tech-transfer and joint-manufacturing of the state-of-the-art fighter jet.

He supported the IndiaScoops.com story that the decision was  mysteriously changed at the last minute by Dassault CEO Eric Trappier (Read Here) and two other officials, in spite of written reservations by the HODs of the entire Dassault tech team, who had an animated discussion on email among themselves, about the pros and cons of working with a new inexperienced company like Reliance Defence Ltd, which lacked the expertise and experience to handle state-of-the-art classified military and aviation tech.

“Ask Dassault to produce the emails and internal assessment of their own teams and the entire matter will become crystal clear,” the former Defence expert told IndiaScoops.com on phone from Paris on condition of anonymity.

Also Read: Rafale Deal: Technical HODs at Dassault claim Reliance was never the first choice, decision to drop HAL was taken by CEO Eric Trappier at the last minute

Last week former French president Francois Hollande, who negotiated the Rafale deal with PM Narendra Modi, declared that it was the Indian government (GOI) who proposed Reliance — “we had no choice”, he said.

But a day later, he said that it was for Dassault to comment on whether it had been pressured to choose Anil Ambani’s firm as an offset partner — as part of the contract, Dassault has to invest 50 per cent of the overall value of the deal or Rs. 30,000 crore in partnering with defence manufacturers in India.

According to a report in The Wire, the former French President is understood to have told a publication: The new deal also included the offset agreement between Dassault and the Reliance Group, now the subject of controversy. How and by whom was the latter selected? “We didn’t have any say in this matter,” Hollande told Mediapart.

“It is the Indian government which had proposed this service group, and Dassault who negotiated with Anil Ambani. We didn’t have the choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us. That’s why, also, this group had no reason to give me any grace [favour] of any sort.

Sanatan Sanstha sends defamation notice to NCP’s Nawab Malik

Mumbai: The right-wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha has sent a legal notice to NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik over a news report, alleging defamation.

Malik’s statements in a report published by a Marathi newspaper on August 11, carrying the headline “Sanatan Sanstha (involved) in terror activities – Nawab”, caused “irreparable loss” to the Sanstha and lowered its reputation, it said.

 While the notice, dated September 17, sought damages of Rs 10 crore from Malik and the newspaper, the NCP leader said he would fight the organisation in the court.

The Sanstha’s spokesperson confirmed that it has sent the notice.

The Sanatan Sanstha was recently in news when it was found that Vaibhav Raut, one of the persons arrested by the Maharashtra police for an alleged conspiracy to carry out blasts in the state, had purportedly mentioned on his Facebook page that he was the Sanstha’s member.

While the Sanstha denied any connection with Raut, Opposition NCP and Congress demanded a ban on it for alleged links to terror activities. Malik tweeted Friday that he would give a reply to the notice and expose the Sanstha. He was “grateful” to the Sanstha for giving him an opportunity to prove his allegations in the court, he said.

The organisation had come under the scanner earlier when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Dr Virendra Tawde of Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, the Sanstha’s offshoot, in the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar murder case.

Source: PTI

BJP-led Maha Govt Protected and Shielded Right-Wing Murder-Accused for Four Years, Gauri Lankesh Probe by Karnataka SIT Forced Mah Govt to make Arrests

By Rajesh Singh | 25 August, 2018:  The Maharashtra Congress today alleged that the Devendra Fadnavis BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra had protected and shielded the killers of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and others for the last four years, in spite of having complete knowledge of the criminal activities of the hardliners who are indirectly part of the government.

Also Read: Hindutva hardliners had planned to blow up 6 theaters, Ganapati mandaps in Maharashtra

It was only after the Karnataka police Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested about 13 persons who spat out the names of their associates in Maharashtra, and the press began reporting on the Maharashtra link to the killers, that the government developed cold feet.

It was just a matter of time, before the names of the accused hiding in Maharashtra would be revealed publicly in the media.

Also Read: Ex-Sanatan Sanstha seeker alleges “members hypnotized, made into killing machines and human bombs ready for mass murder or genocide”

The text of the remand and bail applications, as well as the confessional statements of the accused began appearing in the media, which forced the government to act and ordered the Maha ATS to make arrests immediately.

The Karnataka SIT had proof in terms of money trails and bank statements of several payments or transfers made by RTGS and IMPS from people in Maharashtra who had financially supported Gauri Lankesh’s killers in Karnataka.

Also Read: Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the main Agency to carry out Killings, Gauri Lankesh was Second on a ‘Hitlist’ of 36 targets

The government was worried that the role of  others in Maharashtra like Sharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and Shrikant Pangarkar would be exposed during court proceedings in the Gauri Lankesh case and the role of the Maha government in shielding the accused and not making arrests, in spite of having information from the Karnataka police would come out in the open.

The credibility and very existence of the Maharashtra government was at stake, said a Congress leader from Mumbai. The Devendra Fadnavis government then consulted Delhi, including the PMO and the Home Ministry, which gave them the go-ahead to arrest all the accused in Maharashtra whose names had cropped up in the Gauri Lankesh investigation.

Also Read: 35-40 bombs could be manufactured with explosives seized from Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut residence and office

This would serve a dual purpose. While the field operators like Raut and Kalaskar would be arrested, the masterminds and their political masters or bosses could still be protected. The arrest of the small fry would save the big bosses from arrest.

A top Karnataka police official told IndiaScoops.com,  the SIT had information that the weapon used to kill Gauri Lankesh was given to Gondhalekar who personally collected the weapon after the murder and took it for safe-keeping in Maharashtra. Forensic reports had matched the weapons, proving that only two weapons were used in all the murders.

Also Read: Shoot her in the head as it was done in Kalburgi murder, Gauri Lankesh killer taught during training

The Karnataka SIT knew that country-made pistols were being manufactured in Maharashtra and a huge cache of arms and explosives was being readied for subversive activities during the coming festivals.

Sources told IndiaScoops.com, that the Karnataka SIT had asked for permission from the Maharashtra DGP and the Maharashtra govt home department to raid Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and arrest them to recover the weapons used in the Gauri Lankesh murder.

The Karnataka SIT was all set to enter Maharashtra and arrest Kalaskar and Gondhalekar. The Maharashtra government had to do something and it did act in the nick of time to save it’s own skin.

Also Read:  With nearly 16-18 bomb blasts across the State, Sharad Kalaskar’s group plotted to rain terror and chaos in Maharashtra during Eid and Ganpati festivals

The SIT was sure the weapon was with Gondhalekar or one of his associates hidden somewhere in Maharashtra.

In the light of all this, if the Karnataka SIT had to effect the arrests of Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, it would have been a big slap on the face of the Maha government and its role in protecting the killers would be completely exposed. 

The Bombay High Court was also breathing down the neck of the CBI and the Maharashtra CID. It had openly praised the Karnataka SIT, while chastising the Maharashtra police and instructed the agencies to take inputs from their colleagues across the border.

Also Read: Dabholkar, Pansare, Kulbargi and Lakesh murders inter-linked: Same group of killers involved in murders

The accused in the custody of the Karnataka SIT were singing like canaries and they had revealed the names of all the co-conspirators from Maharashtra. A diary found in the possession of the main accused Amol Kale listed the names of the accused as well as those on the hit-list of the killers.

Karnataka SIT sources told IndiaScoops.com, they were about to move court for search and arrest warrants against the accused hiding in Maharashtra. Had a Karnataka court to grant the SIT the search and arrest warrants, the Maharashtra government would have to run for cover.

Further, the Devendra Fadnavis government was also worried if   Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, Sachin Andhure and Shrikant Pangarkar were to land up first in the SIT custody, more skeletons would tumble out of the closets as the SIT was going hammer and tongs with the investigation.

More big names – including those of some top politicians in other States would be revealed – this was the other major problem for the Maha CM. The only way to prevent this was to first arrest them and lock them up with the Maharashtra ATS where they could be debriefed, conditioned and tutored before the Karnataka SIT got hold of them.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh killers planned to kill actor Prakash Raj, a Goan Congress leader and a Mumbai-based journalist

By doing so, Devendra Fadnavis would be seen as a strict disciplinarian, unwilling to tolerate terror activity of any hue or color.

“The government was aware of what was happening,” said a senior Congress leader, adding that a former Shiv Sena corporator from Jalna, Shrikant Pangarkar has been arrested by the ATS and the CBI for the murder of Dr Dabholkar and according to media reports several senior Shiv Sena leaders were aware of Pangarkar’s activities as well as his plans to carry out several bomb blasts in Maharashtra.

The Congress leader claimed that Pangarkar had bragged of his ‘explosions’ and ‘bomb blasts’ activity to each and every Sena leader he met over the last 2-3 months. Why didn’t the government act against him earlier, he asked?

Also Read: Shrikant Pangarkar assembled bombs, funded purchase of explosives and boasted of ‘explosions’ and ‘bomb blasts’ to MoS Arjun Khotkar

According to a July 2018 report in Mid-day, the Congress alleged that the BJP-led Maharashtra government was shying away from taking serious action against the Sanatan Sanstha because “supporters” of the right wing outfit are part of the ruling dispensation.

Also Read: Shiv Sena leaders including Uddhav Thackeray were fully aware of Shrikant Pangarkar’s terror links, ‘explosions’, ‘bomb blasts’ plot?

Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also said that the style of functioning of the Sanstha can be equated with international terrorist organisation, the Al Qaida.

Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan demanded a ban on Sanatan Sanstha and alleged that the State government is safeguarding the mastermind in the murder case.

Kerala Floods: Private Vehicles Charging Rs 25,000 Per Head To Ferry Stranded People Over Distances of 300-400 Kms

According to a Mandrem, North Goa resident Albert D’Souza, whose wife Sandra D’Souza was stranded at Chalakudy in Potta, Kerala, private passenger Tempo vehicles and buses were charging as much as Rs 24,000 to Rs 25,000 per head to take them to Bangalore, which is an approximate 350 km from where they were stranded, says a TOI report.

IndiaScoops.com has learnt that some stranded people in diffferent parts off Kerala, were asked to shell out amounts ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000 by bus operators to bring them to safer places, where other means of transport were available.

A businessman from Goregaon in suburban Mumbai who returned from Kerala after being stranded for 6 days, claimed he spent nearly Rs 50,000/- to get back home, travelling first via a truck for about 100 kms and then a 50-seater bus, which charged him Rs 25,000/- for a journey of about 300 kms.

Four wheelers and Tempos, plying in flood-affected areas were charging people Rs 2500 to Rs 5000 for a distance of even 25 to 50 kms.

For distances more than 50 kms, people were asked to shell out over Rs 10,000, claim those who have returned from the flood-ravaged parts of Kerala.

According to a report in the Times of India, a group of 10 persons from Mandrem, Pernem, who were attending a retreat at Muringoor, Chalakudy in Potta, Kerala, went through a harrowing time during the flood situation in the southern state last week. The group have managed to leave Kerala and are currently on their way back home to Goa, say family members.

“My wife (Sandra D’Souza, 48, who was on her fifth consecutive visit to the retreat centre) somehow managed to call me up and told me that the flood water had crossed knee level,” Mandrem resident Albert D’Souza told the Sunday edition of the Times of India (STOI).

“I managed to contact my wife over the phone on Saturday morning. She said that 10-12 seater tempo vehicles were charging Rs 24,000 per head to take them to Bangalore, a distance of about 350km. I told the group not to bother about the money and to board the vehicle,” said D’Souza, who runs a local tourism business, according to the TOI report.

“On Saturday afternoon, they were on their way to Bengaluru, Karnataka. From there, they will take a flight, train or bus, whatever option is available to get back to Goa,” he added.

The group (seven women and 3 men in the age group of 48 to 60 years) were on their annual visit to the Divine Retreat Centre at Pota and reached their destination on August 11. On August 12, they informed their family members that the area was receiving non-stop, torrential rainfall.

On August 15, they made another call to Goa informing family members that the flood water level at the retreat centre was rising, reports STOI.

After that call, family members of the Goan group panicked and started praying and calling friends in Bangalore and other parts of south India desperately seeking help to get their stranded loved ones back home.

It is learnt that the group was without food, running water in the toilets and bathrooms and without electricity for two-and-half days. Deprived of food and sleep, the retreat participants were only too happy to get the news that some people had delivered foodstuff such as dal, rice, bread and bananas at the retreat centre on Friday afternoon.

In the evening, an air force truck delivered them food. After spending the night at the retreat centre, the group left the Muringoor at 8.30am and took an rickshaw to Thrissur, reports STOI.

Maharashtra government seeks to revive ban proposal on Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha

Mumbai: Immediately after the arrest of Vaibhav Raut, a suspected member of Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha, the home department has decided to remind the union government of a proposal about banning the Sanatan, which is pending with the union home ministry since 2015.

Also Read: Film “Saffron Terror” based on the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh goes on floor

An official from the home department said, “After the arrest of Raut, we have taken serious note of the Sanstha. We have decided to send a letter to the union ministry seeking the status of the proposed ban.”

The erstwhile Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government had sent one such proposal in 2008 and in 2011 under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act; however, it was rejected by the union home ministry.

Also Read: “Saffron Terror” To Expose Inside Secrets, Terror Activities and Murder Plots of radical Hindutva Outfits Sanatan Sanstha and HJS

The Devendra Fadnavis-led government sent a fresh proposal on November 13, 2015, to the union home ministry regarding the ban, but it is still in limbo.

BJP President Amit Shah Drops National Flag, Tries to Hoist Tricolour Upside Down, Video Clip Goes Viral

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, Amit Shah on Wednesday dropped the National flag of India, during the flag hoisting ceremony for the 72nd Independence Day function held at the party Head Quarters in New Delhi. The flag turned upside down, due to a technical error while it was being hoisted, resulting in a major embarrassment for the party.

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While pulling the rope, a gaffe on part of Shah resulted in the flag being dropped to the ground, which Shah immediately rectified.

It also resulted in the flag getting turned upside down, with the green on the upper side and the saffron on the lower side.

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The clip that was aired on the state broadcaster Doordarshan has gone viral on social media.

On Facebook the video has been shared thousands of times, claim media reports.

DD tweeted the clip, but deleted it soon after. By that time, hundreds of people had downloaded the video.

“Pin drop silence by DD News anchor/Commentator when Amit Shah dropped the National Flag while hoisting in BJP HQ. Oops I was Wrong. Someone in the Background uttered **Tcha Tcha Tcha Disaster**”, wrote one on a Facebook page known for scathing criticism of the BJP.

The Opposition Congress took a dig at Amit Shah regarding the incident and tweeted, “How will someone handle the country, when he can’t even handle the national flag properly?”

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The Congress tweeted the video from its official Twitter handle of Shah trying to hoist the flag which was got out of his control.

The party took a swipe at the BJP after the tricolour at the saffron party’s headquarters fell on the ground when Amit Shah was unfurling it, questioning how they planned to manage the country when they cannot handle the national flag.

The Congress posted a video on its official Twitter handle in which the BJP chief is seen unfurling the flag, which falls down soon after he pulls the string. However, he immediately caught hold of the string and pulled the flag up.

The Congress tweeted, “Those who cannot handle the flag, how will they handle the country?”

“Those that give ‘certificates of patriotism’ to people, do not know the etiquettes of the national anthem’, the Congress added.

Arrested Sanatan Sanstha worker Vaibhav Raut, other Gau Rakshaks were involved in extortion in the guise of cow protection, claims local Nalla Sopara Congress leader

August 12, 2018: A few kilometres from Vaibhav Raut’s residence is Waza Mahula, a Muslim-dominated ghetto. Mohammed Abbas Fowzy, a local Congress leader speaking to the Indian Express has alleged:

“There is a well-oiled police and vigilante nexus. All the raids happen on the highway or the arterial roads. Traders are stopped at the entry point; those who pay are let off, cases are filed against those who don’t. Cow protection is a sham, this is actually an extortion racket.”

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha members Raut, Gondhalekar, etc., linked to PM Modi, Amit Shah, VHP and RSS

He has accused Vaibhav Raut and other members of the Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti to be indulging in extortion under the guise of cow protection.

If the transporters paid them (the gau rakshaks) they were let off or else the police were called and the vehicles and cattle were confiscated. The going rate was Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 per vehicle depending on the number of cattle present.

For 2-3 cattle, a minimum of Rs 2000 had to be paid as “fees” to the gau rakshaks and for vehicles carrying more than 4 cattle, Rs 5000 was charged. If the driver or transporter refused to pay up, the gau rakshaks called the cops who would arrest them, a trader told IndiaScoops.com.

Some local cops were hand-in-glove with the gau rakshaks and would get a cut from the “fees” charged by them.

There were several complaints from local meat traders and transporters against Vaibhav Raut and the Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti for extortion in the name of cow protection.

Also Read: 35 bombs could be manufactured with explosives seized from Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut residence and office

The Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti is a local self-appointed cow vigilante group of around a hundred men between ages 15 and 55.

Among its members are both educated and uneducated, and employed and unemployed individuals, and some who do odd jobs, reports the Indian Express.

Many of them have made cow protection a business or a career and earn their livelihood from extorting money from meat transporters and traders.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha’s bank account was used to channel funds for Gauri Lankesh murder, pay off killers

According to locals in Nalla Sopara, even transporters of poultry and mutton are not spared and the gau rakshaks charge them ‘fees’ for bringing vehicles into their territory.

“We don’t have an office, we organise our meetings at chowks or panchayat halls, and since all of us rally for the same cause, we find time despite our other commitments,” Patil told Indian Express, and said he works for a private firm.

Also Read: Arrested for possession of explosives, Vaibhav Raut was an active member of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and a vociferous Gau-Rakshak

After the current government passed the beef ban law, the outfit has managed to conduct 30 “live raids”, and get five cases of ferrying meat alleged to be beef, registered.

Police are still investigating these cases, and have filed no chargesheets yet.

“Raut led all the raids and that was the reason behind the police issuing prohibitory orders against him,” Patil said. This, police sources said, happened in 2015, just before Bakrid, after Palghar police marked Raut out as a “troublemaker”.

In 2016, Raut registered 20 complaints against members of the Qureshi community. The prohibitory order issued under Section 144 of the CrPC in 2015 continued even in 2016 and 2017, police sources said.

The outfit is a part of the larger Hindu brigade that operates from Nala Sopara.

Also Read: Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the main Agency to carry out Killings, Gauri Lankesh was Second on a ‘Hitlist’ of 36 targets

“We don’t have a parent organisation but we work closely with the VHP, HJS, Sanatan Sanstha, Bajrang Dal, and both the Shiv Sena and BJP,” claimed Patil. The outfit was floated by local youth in early 2014, and Raut was a founding member. The work of outfit members is “seva”, Diptesh Patil a member of the Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti told Indian Express:

“Nobody seeks any remuneration for this. We are doing this for the larger cause of Rashtra seva.”

with inputs from Indian Express