Deaths of Jain monks: CID report rules out conspiracy theory

Deaths of Jain monks

A CID (Crime) report on the deaths of Jain Sadhu-Sadhvis in the state contradicts claims of conspiracy towards the religious order.

Jain community leaders had made a representation to state Home Minister Amit Shah alleging conspiracy in the road deaths of monks, following which the investigation was handed over to the state CID last November. The six-month long investigation ruled out any murder angle or involvement of any religious group, especially of Anoop Mandal, a Rajasthan-based religious outfit, in the incidents. The deaths were purely accidents, the report added.

A senior CID (Crime) Officer said: "The members of the Mandal have no involvement. There is no evidence to suggest the Mandal's involvement in the deaths. Besides, during the time of the accidents, there were no issues between the two groups that could have possibly been a reason behind the deaths. In fact, there is no such issue between the two communities."

The report further said in each accident, the local police had arrested the truck drivers immediately from the spot. The accused were interrogated and questioned by several officers. They work for small transport companies, and one is from a poor family in Uttar Pradesh while another is from Rajasthan. Their interrogations show that none of them has any connection with the Mandal or any other religious outfit. None of them was sent by any particular group or a person to kill the Jain Sadhus-Sadhvis, the report added.

The CID team had also conducted a search in Rajasthan and questioned few members of the Anoop Mandal in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Officers added that the accidents had happened one after another, which possibly led the Jain community order to believe they were part of a larger conspiracy.

The Jain Sadhu-Sadhvis had also received threat letters in Palitana on behalf of the Mandal, but then again the CID found no evidence to prove they were sent by the Mandal members.

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