03 December, 2020

For Want Of A Scrap Of Paper

No organisation has been named as being behind the Staines killings, but Dara Singh's Bajrang Dal links are clearly indicated

For Want Of A Scrap Of Paper

The final report of the Justice D.P. Wadhwa Commission of Inquiry into the murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons on the night of January 22 in Manoharpur village in Orissa may rule out the hand of any organisation in the ghastly killing. But the antecedents of the prime accused, Dara Singh, recorded by the commission clearly suggests that he was a Bajrang Dal-bjp sympathiser (although there was no clinching evidence for this) and was linked to the Bajrang Dal.

Here is evidence cited in the Wadhwa Commission report which reveals Rabindra Pal a.k.a. Dara Singh's allegiances:

  • A letter dated November 21 from the Mayurbhanj SP to Special Branch IG, Cuttack, describes Rabindra Pal as an active member of the Bajrang Dal. He is also described as a leader of the Mahanta caste.
  • A memo from the Keonjhar SP to dig (Admn) notes that Dara Singh participated in camps run by the rss and was linked to the bjp and Bajrang Dal and was actively involved with these organisations in Ghatgaon, Turumunga and Patna.
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