The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Ashutosh Nayak, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The last few months have seen the Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal government to be always in the mode of covering up, whether it be the case of Netaji Bose’s files’ declassification or the recent Malda riots. Unfortunately, this predicament of the government is understandable considering the fact that the state will witness its legislative assembly elections this year. However, it crossed a line when it tried to shield the Trinamool party leader, Mohammed Sohrab’s son, Ambia Sohrab, who allegedly ran over 21-year-old IAF corporal, Abhimanyu Gaud, who was looking over the Republic Day parade rehearsals, in a speeding Audi.
It was only after huge outcry on social media and news channels that after a passage of more than 72 hours, an arrest was finally made albeit the crime happened during broad daylight leaving enough evidence for immediate action to be carried out. The TMC, however, washed its hands off the matter, with even one of the prominent party leader, Derek O’ Brien stating “We’ve nothing to do with people involved in hit-and-run case, they can be the members of the party but they are not Trinamool Congress leaders”. The statement sounds completely contemptuous and cynical.
So the inevitable question comes up. Is the law different for the common man and the VIPs? Why was such a delay made in the arrest when the cat was already out of the bag? Such questions take away the common man’s faith on the system and show how the VIPs have twisted it for their own benefit. One can only hope for justice when only a few days back the country witnessed the botched up verdict on the hit-and-run case trial of Salman Khan. It’s a shame for the nation and it needs to be checked immediately; else we are not far from the days of vigilantism and anarchy.