Kidnapping and getting people murdered might be seen as a heinous criminal activity in general life but Indian politicos find it easy to indulge in such activities to achieve cherished goals. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), in a recent report, has come out with some stunning facts and figures to demonstrate that kidnapping is fast becoming the most favoured sport for Indian politicians of all hues.
In a study based on an analysis of affidavits, furnished by 4856 sitting MPs/MLAs, including 770 MPs and 4086 MLAs to Election Commission of India (ECI), it found that 1024 (21%) have declared serious criminal charges against themselves. Among these 1024 MPs/MLAs, 64 (6%) have declared charges related to kidnapping against themselves.
Charges against them have been framed under IPC Section 359 (Kidnapping), Section 360 (Kidnapping from India), Section 361 (Kidnapping from lawful guardianship), Section 362 (Abduction), Section 363 (Kidnapping), Section 363A (Kidnapping or maiming a minor for purposes of begging), Section 364 (Kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), Section 364A (Kidnapping for ransom), Section 365 (Kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), Section 366 (Kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her for marriage), Section 367 (Kidnapping or abducting in order to subject person to grievous hurt, slavery, etc), Section 368 (Wrongfully concealing or keeping in confinement, kidnapped an abducted person), Section 369 (Kidnapping or abducting child under ten years with the intent to steal from its person).
Out of 64 MPs and MLAs with declared charges related to kidnapping, 17 belong to political parties (National, Regional and Unrecognised parties) while 4 MPs and MLAs are independents. Among the top, 16 are from BJP and 6 each from INC and RJD.
Out of MLAs with declared charges related to kidnapping, the highest number of MLAs i.e. 9 each are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. There are 5 Lok Sabha and 3 Rajya Sabha MPs who have declared charges related to Kidnapping against themselves.
According to info provided in ADR’s website on the basis of its study (https://adrindia.org/sites/default/files/List_30thJuly18.pdf), it claims that some interesting facts emerge out of the affidavits provided. For 3example, Vaishali (bihar) Loksabha MP Rama Kishore Singh (LJP) has a total of four cases criminal cases pending against him with 8 charges framed under sections of IPC, linked with very serious nature of crime. He is facing charges of kidnapping from India , kidnapping or abducting in order to murder, kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person and kidnapping or abducting child under ten years with intent to steal from its person. While some of these charges indicate a clear political motives, some others indicate commissioning a crime with the intent of pecuniary benefits.
The Satara (Maharashtra) Loksabha MP Udayanraje Pratapsinha Bhonsale has got 23 criminal cases slapped against him. Police have filed charges under 16 sections of IPC to deal with heinous crimes.
Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav of Madhepura Loksabha seat, Bihar (RJD), has got 24 criminal cases against him. Out of these, charges are related with attempt to murder (IPC Section-307) and 3 charges are related with criminal intimidation (IPC Section-506).
Sarfaraz Alam of Araria Loksabha constituency in Bihar has shown 4 criminal cases against him. While one of them is believed to have been linked to extortion (IPC Section-384), while another charge is related to theft.
However, the most intriguing fact of the ADR study is that none of these public representatives have been convicted in any of the cases filed against them.