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MAHARASHTRA- Landlord-Police Collusion

Landlord-Police Collusion against Adivasis? "IN the present case admit edly no food was provided to the child for four days while in the police lock-up. To say the least this was not only objectionable but was also inhuman. We are now informed that Shanubai is released on bail after this writ peti ion was filed. We have gone through the complaint filed against Shanubai. From the bare reading of he complaint filed by Shri Desai, PSI. it is apparent that no overt net has been attributed to her. We find much substance in the contention of Shri Tipnis (Amicus Curae) that her presence at the spot was wholly natural since her husband was injured in the firing and the spot where the firing took place was the place of their residence. The poor adivasi woman who went to the spot to attend her injured husband was separated from him in a most inhuman manner and was then kept in police lock-up and that too with her suckling child, for no rhyme or reason. She was also not allowed to see her injured husband till he was produced before this court in ambulance." In these words Justice C Dharma- dhikari of the Bombay High Court strongly "disapproved" and "regretted" the manner in which the police of Palghar Police Station. Thane District in Maharashtra, treated an adivasi woman and her husband and in fant child. The HC was pronouncing judgment on Criminal Wris Petition No 38 of 1984 arising out of an episode typical in the adivasi villages in that district, in which one adivasi man was injured by a bullet reportedly fired by the Police Sub-Inspec or and the wife and infant child of the injured man were kept in police lock up for four days on apparently no substantial charge, Kaluram Dodhade and Rambhau Wadu, two senior activists of he Bhoomi Sena, a grass roots organisation of adivasis in Palghar Taluka, had written a letter to the judge of he Bombay High Court narrating the episode and seeking justice. The HC treated the let'er as a Writ petition.

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