The CPI(ML) members staged demonstration at Jantar Mantar on Saturday to protest against the murder of the party’s Rohtas District Secretary, Comrade Bhaiyyaram Yadav by BJP-JD(U)-backed criminals.
The protest in the national capital coincided with the party’s call for a bandh in the Shahabad region of Bihar, comprising the districts of Bhojpur, Rohtas, Kaimur, and Buxar.
Comrade Bhaiyyaram,38, was shot dead in Nasiriganj, by armed assailants on Wednesday evening (March 14).
He had just been supervising the preparations for installation of a statue of Bhagat Singh, which was supposed to be inaugurated on March 23, and was returning to the party office, when he was shot in the gut by armed men on motorbikes.
Even after being intimated that Comrade Bhaiyyaram was shot and lay injured, the Police Thana In-charge did not come to the spot.
Addressing the protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar, the party’s Delhi State Secretary Sanjay Sharma said that Comrade Bhaiyyaram Yadav was killed by feudal forces backed by the ruling BJP-JD(U) combine, because he had been at the forefront of people’s struggles in the area against feudal violence.
Notably, Comrade Bhaiyyaram had been active in organizing a powerful struggle against the gang-rape and murder of a 6-year-old dalit girl in December 2011 by feudal forces (the rapists included the Rajput strongman Luv Singh, known to be close to the BJP and JD(U)).
The local police and administration are yet to arrest the accused rapists.
On February 9, former pramukh Anil Singh and his brother, ex-Zila Parishad member Babhan Bahadur Singh, also well-known to be close to BJP-JD(U), were involved in a shoot-out against those from oppressed castes who objected to their riding motorbikes at high speed in residential areas.
The police, instead of arresting the instigators falsely implicated Comrade Bhaiyyaram in this case on cooked-up charges of assault, and had him jailed.
Once Com. Bhaiyyaram was released on bail, the feudal forces in collusion with BJP-JD(U) leaders and local administration, assassinated him.
AISA General Secretary Ravi Rai, addressing the demonstration, said that the murder of a young activist like Comrade Bhaiyyaram, who was committed to Bhagat Singh’s ideals, at the hands of criminals patronized by BJP-JD(U), has exposed the reality of the Nitish Government’s claims of ‘Sushasan’ (Good Governance).
In Nitish’s Bihar, those protesting against feudal atrocities and crimes on women were being assassinated, while the perpetrators of such crimes were protected by the administration and police.
After the demonstration, a delegation submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Bihar (via the Resident Commissioner) demanding that the killers named in the FIR be arrested without delay, and the DM and SP of Rohtas district be penalized for protecting rapists and criminal killers.
The memorandum demanded that the JD(U)-BJP Government of Bihar stop protecting the criminals who, confident of the patronage of the ruling BJP-JD(U) combine, were killing activists who challenged their feudal reign of terror.