Ratan Soni, a swayamsevak and Hindu activist, was brutally murdered with swords and iron rods on Tuesday night in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. Police have arrested Waseem and Mustaq for the murder. The victim was attacked when he was returning from a program in Manglik Dham.
Ratan was the son of former BJP councilor Jagdish Soni. He was attacked near Shivaji Circle area of the city and was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries while being transferred to Udaipur.
Angry locals protested immediately after the murder and gathered outside the Kotwali police station. A city-wide bandh was called for by the BJP MP Chandra Prakash Joshi and MLA Chandrabhan Singh. A massive protest was organised in the city’s Dhuncha Bazar area on Wednesday.
Police took out a flag march during which an incident of stone-pelting was reported. SSP Chittorgarh, Preeti Jain confirmed that police have registered an FIR against 3 people and 2 have been detained. The district administration has announced that a job will be provided to Ratan’s widow along with a monetary compensation of INR 25 lakh.
Attacks on Hindu activists, especially RSS swayamsevaks, has become a consistent trend across the country. Harsha from Karnataka, Sreenivasan from Kerala, Arjun Chowrasiya from West Bengal, and now Ratan Soni from Rajasthan – these are some of those murdered in just the past few weeks.