This is really a very touching and sad story on the first day of Diwali. My heart is filled with a great sorrow and grief. What could have been a stupid youthful extravaganza to bring forth his dissatisfaction for Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray (by a disgruntled Patna youth Rahul Raj) has ended in a very very tragic story. I agree he (Rahul Raj) shouldn’t have resorted to violence and he deserved punishment. However, I don’t know what prompted Police to shoot this (single) youth. I think if wanted Police could have easily overpowered him.
He was alone on the upper deck of B.E.S.T. bus no. 332 and I don’t see any logic that he could have killed anybody. I am sure that police will now leave no stone unturned to justify killing of Rahul Raj. Prima facie it appears that this is one of those cases in which police have gone terribly wrong and have misjudged a misguided and misadventurous youth for a terrorist. Police must show now courage and accept mishandling this case.
Leaders from three different political parties from northern states have come together and have decided to meet PM on this issue. Lalu Prasad Yadav – president of Rashtriya Janata Dal, Ram Vilas Paswan – president of the Lok Janshakti Party, and Nitish Kumar – Chief Minister of Bihar and top leader of Janata Dal (United) have raised doubts over authenticity of the encounter of Rahul Raj. There is no doubt that this encounter is most unfortunate and could have been avoided. However what seems to surprise me always is lack of will power from the leaders of these northern states to create and provide enough employment opportunities in their states itself. I have never heard they even uttering a word about creating and providing jobs in their states itself.
Encounter of Rahul Raj reminds me of two movies – Rang De Basanti and Dombivli Fast. In Rang De Basanti five youngsters who are fighting against corrupt political system are killed by commandos. And in Dombivli Fast a middle class bank employee disgusted with corruption and mismanagement in society is killed by police for taking law in his own hand to bring order in society. What Rahul Raj has done to protest is definitely not acceptable and is wrong, however at the same time what happened to him is also most unfortunate and torrid!