Nagpur, Apr 23: Former Minister in Maharashtra Cabinet Anees Ahmed on Thursday called on state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and sought to introduce stringent anti-lynching law in the state with death penalty as punishment in the wake of the Palghar lynching incident.
Mr Ahmed in his meeting with Mr Deshmukh pointed out that the Palghar incident is a blot on humanity and it is highly condemnable. Appreciating efforts of Maharashtra Police who have so far arrested 110 people involved in the said mob lynching, Mr Ahmed said that mob lynching cannot be justified on any pretext and under any circumstances come what may. The former minister further said, 'There has to be zero tolerance for it but right now we see that the perpetrators of the crime are either escaping with just no punishment or are being punished on a very lenient basis thus making a complete mockery of our country. It merits no reiteration that this must be set right now.'
'What message we are sending to the world if we do not ensure that mob lynchers are strictly punished with most appropriately death penalty or at least with life imprisonment for 25 years in jail without any parole or remission of any kind whatsoever,' he questioned. "How can mob lynching be justified by anyone under any circumstances?,' he remarked. Following the Palghar mob lynching incident , Maharashtra state must now wake up and act on this issue immediately, he pointed out.
"Mob lynching is no less than terrorism, rather even worse than terrorism", he said. "There is no reason that why it must not be crushed with an iron hand and those involved in it be made to pay for it by way of death penalty or life term, "Mr Ahmad remarked . He urged Mr Deshmukh to introduce an anti-mob lynching bill/law which should be very strict, having non- bailable offence, to sentence the accused to life imprisonment and in special cases even death penalty. Besides, compensation should be given to the victims by the state government and witnesses should be given full police protection, he sought. (UNI)