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Babu Bajrangi's Bail Mars the Idea of Justice

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16.03.2019

In a nation known for its collective amnesia, it is important to restate names, characters and situations. Forgetting these can jeopardise free thought and the very idea of justice.

One such name is Babubhai Patel alias Babu Bajrangi. He is a member of the Gujarat unit of the Bajrang Dal and his notoriety lies in the fact that he confessed (during a sting operation) to have actively participated in the killing of men, women and children in Naroda Patiya – an Ahmedabad neighbourhood witness to the worst rioting in February 2002, leading to the deaths of 97 people.

I still remember Bajrangi enthusiastically describing how he slit open a pregnant woman, pulled the foetus out of her belly and impaled it on a trishul. While recounting the act, the index finger of his right hand went down in a clean, swift sweep – giving me the small hope that the horrific act might have at least been quick. Bajrangi boasted that he felt like Maharana Pratap after the act.

Bajrangi was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment. But that was in 2012. The country changed and, in 2015,........

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