A Trinamool Congress parliamentary delegation today visited the village of Mota Samadhiyala, about 10 km from the town of Una, in Gir-Somnath district, Gujarat, to meet the victims of the incident of July 11. On that day, in Una, a group of four Dalit men were mercilessly beaten up for skinning a dead cow.
The delegation, led by Leader, Parliamentary Party, Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien, expressed solidarity with the families of the Dalit victims. They also met the villagers, including the village elders, and encouraged the community to continue their fight against the injustice meted out to them.
Earlier during the day, the delegation had visited Rajkot Civil Hospital, listening to the heart-wrenching stories first-hand from the four Dalit men who were beaten up. Derek O’Brien pointed out, “Speaking about it in Parliament is one thing, as we did earlier in the week, but hearing the stories directly from these hapless victims of organised crime is another.”
He also said, “They were simply doing their work – skinning a carcass. Our view is that whatever is happening in the name of ‘gau raksha’ is wrong. We want unity in diversity. We came here to show our solidarity.”
Earlier in the week West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called the incident “organised crime.”
A three-member Trinamool parliamentary delegation will visit Rajkot and Una on Saturday July 23.
After raising the issue in Parliament and participating in the debate, now it is time to further assess the situation on the ground and meet those affected. The delegation comprises Derek O’Brien (Parliamentary party leader in Rajya Sabha) and Lok Sabha MPs Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Ms Pratima Mandal.
Earlier in the week Mamata Banerjee had called the Una incident ‘organised crime’ and had said, “The incident in Una is organised crime against Dalits. I urge the Central government to treat Dalits with care and give full protection. This is unacceptable”.
Statement issued by Derek O’Brien, Chief National Spokesperson
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তৃণমূলের তিন সাংসদের প্রতিনিধি দল আগামী ২৩শে জুলাই (শনিবার) রাজকোট ও উনা পরিদর্শনে যাবেন।
সংসদে বিষয়টি নিয়ে বিস্তারিত আলোচনায় অংশগ্রহণ করার পর এবার তাঁরা পরিস্থিতি মূল্যায়নে গুজরাত যাবেন। প্রতিনিধিদলে থাকছেন ডেরেক ও ব্রায়েন (রাজ্যসভায় সংসদীয় দলের নেতা), লোকসভার সাংসদ ডঃ কাকলি ঘোষ দস্তিদার এবং প্রতিমা মণ্ডল।
গত সপ্তাহে মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় বলেন, “উনার ঘটনা দলিতদের উপর সংগঠিত অপরাধ৷ এই পরিস্থিতি মেনে নেওয়া যায় না, কেন্দ্র দলিতদের নিরাপত্তার দিক। এই ধরনের ঘটনা সমর্থনযোগ্য নয়”।
তৃণমূলের জাতীয় মুখপাত্র ডেরেক ও ব্রায়েনের বিবৃতি
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed concern over the increasing rates of swine flu in the country.
The CM today expressed distress over the matter saying:
“The incidents of Swine Flu have been on the increase. Certain diseases become a matter of concern. But instead of getting panicky, we must work together to widely spread awareness about the do’s and don’ts to prevent it as much as possible.
As of now, 833 deaths have taken place due to Swine Flu this year in the entire country of which, the number of deaths are 214 in Rajasthan, 207 in Gujarat, 112 in Madhya Pradesh, 99 in Maharashtra, 51 in Telengana, 33 in Karnataka, 20 in Haryana, 10 in Andhra Pradesh, 8 in Delhi, etc.
Despite all our efforts and making available necessary medicines, 5 unfortunate deaths, including 1 patient from Mumbai, have taken place in our State so far.
It is time for the Central Government, State Governments and NGOs to work together to take all necessary remedial measures.”
The CM also expressed concern on the same matter over Twitter.