Saturday, May 30, 2009
Teens Kidnap, Kill 8-year-old Satyam in Patna
By Manuwant Choudhary
In Bihar its back to business..yes you got that right - the business of kidnapping but this latest incident has shocked even kidnappers in Bihar...teens Avinash and Monu kidnap their eight year old neighbour Satyam, demand ransom of 5 lakh rupees and when its not paid Satyam is sodomised and killed.
A plot perhaps even film director Prakash Jha could not have imagined.
The Bihar police like always came in late.
And now the arrested teens say they were influenced by Prakash Jha's film Apharan.
The latest case is not one-off...Bihar's crime scene is bleak at best..calling off the media's bluff about Nitish Kumar's turnaround of Bihar.
Newspapers receive so much government ads that they are simply not newspapers anymore - they have become an arm of the government and political parties.
Even national editors are on government appointed panels in Bihar and so Bihar's issues are off the national news.
But just look at the other news coming out of Bihar that you will not see on national TV at all:
1) Businessman robbed of 30 lakh rupees.
2) Gypsies Kill one person and angry villagers burn an entire gypsie village in revenge.
3) A mother can't yet find her son kidnapped 6 months ago even after paying 1.5 lakh rupees.
4) Two more kidnapped victims killed in Bettiah.
5) In Samastipur a local businessman Rajendra Sah killed and angry villagers burn four police vehicles.
This is to name just a few.
And its an irony that Bihar gets just one minister in the union cabinet and for the next five years all of Bihar's politicians will be sitting in the opposition.
But there is some good news... both Prakash Jha and Sadhu Yadav lost in these elections.
Both tried their best to win - caste combinations and even appeals to criminals in prison for support.
And all criminals lost in these elections, even the two fielded by Nitish Kumar. Even the criminals wives lost.
Bihar's politicians, yet, do not see the writing on the wall.
They are simply illiterate.