ATTACK ON JAIN MUNIS
Respected Sir / MadamThe beginning of year 2013 is really alarming for Jains across the world. On Jan 1, 2013, Jain Monk Muni Shri Prabalsagarji Maharaj was returning from the Girnar Hill (5th Peak) at around 6 pm after Darshan of Charan Chhatri of 22nd Tirthankar Bhagwan Neminath, who attended Moksha from this hill only. Munishri was attacked with knife by some unsocial elements and sustained 5 severe injuries in the stomach which to continuous bleeding.Munishri was detained by these elements for hours after the attack. Lateron at 2:30 am he was admitted in Junagarh’s hospital and his condition is said to be critical.Munishri fell unconscious and at 2:30 am some people bring him down from the hill by Palki and were taken to hospital via Ambulance.
A Jain monk takes a lifelong vow of never to hurt anyone, never to use and cause violence towards any (humans and non humans) and never to use any kind of vehicle ( human , animal and mechanical driven) and never to get treatment in hospitals except Ayurvedic Treatment and never to move at night from one place to another. Never before in the history of Jains in India, has any Jain Sadhu been attacked brutally with knifes and his vows been broken.Jains, (like Sikhs) are a small minority community in Gujarat and many other states, and should be guaranteed the right to practice their religion without any outside interference. These and other inalienable rights such as the Right guaranteeing freedom of religion should have been upheld by those charged with enforcing the law. Since when has Jain Munis become a threat or warning for anybody in Independent India?Girnar hill has been encroached illegally by Pandas since last 15-20 years. The matter is pending in High Court. Jain Pilgrims are threatened every day while their pilgrimage to this Jain Tirth and no security has been deployed till date.We are especially concerned that instead of protecting MuniShri’s right to worship, the Govt of Gujarat failed and this incidence has led to violation of MuniShri’s personal vow and ethical code of conduct for Jain sadhus invoked by the act of taking diksha; honoring this code means everything to our revered sadhus and sadhvis. Forcibly transporting him in a vehicle and then hospitalization in the middle of the night, this has further violated MuniShri’s precious lifelong religious vows (of never using any kind of vehicle, animal, human or mechanically driven), causing him and the entire Jain community irreparable harm, including breach of faith in the law and government, which has greatly hurt the sensibilities and beliefs of the entire Jain community world over.In the 2nd incidence, Two Jain monks [namely Shri Gyanshekhar Vijay Maharaj and Shri Hastigiri Vijay Maharaj] died on the spot after they were run over by a truck on national highway 8 near Bharuch in the wee hours of Tuesday.When they were walking along the side of the highway, a heavy duty loaded truck rammed them from behind between Nabipur and Bharuch, police said. In last 5 years more than 40 Jain Monks have died in such road accidents. We have doubt that all these accidents are conspiracy.We urgently request you to take immediate action to (1) Remove Illegal encroachers from Girnar Hill immediately; (2) Deploy Police Force on Girnar hill at all times and ensure security of Jain pilgrims & Jain monks (3) take severe against attackers (4) We demand CBI investigation in all such road accident cases of Jain Monks and fatal attack on Jain monk at Girnar Hill.Bharuch: Wide spread protests have been reported following the mowing down of two Jain monks by a truck near Asuria village located nine kilometres from Bharuch on Tuesday. Stone pelting on the police and subsequent lathi charge took place during their Palkhi Yatra in Bharuch on Wednesday.
More than 10,000 people from the Jain community across the state gathered in Bharuch to attend the cremation of the two monks. The route of the Palkhi Yatra of monks Shri Gyanshekhar Vijay Maharaj and Shri Hastigiri Maharaj Sahib was to begin at 9 am from Srimali Pole Jain Temple in Bharuch to the place where the accident had taken place. However, the route was changed following insistence by the police that was protested by the community leaders.
The yatra reached Zadeshwar Chowkdi on the highway causing a massive traffic jam. Efforts were made by Inspector General of Police Shashikanth Trivedi, Superintendent of Police Gautam Parmar, MP Mansukh Vasava along with MLAs Dushyant Patel and Arunsinh Rana to maintain calm but they went in vain.
Some miscreants started pelting stones on the police and the latter resorted to a lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
The yatra eventually reached the spot of the accident late in the afternoon where the bodies of both the monks were cremated.
Ajitbhai R Mehta of Jain Monk Vihar Group based in Surat said, "We demand a thorough investigation in the accidental deaths of the monks which we believe is premeditated. We condemn the attitude of the police. Instead of beating innocent people who came to attend the cremation of respected monks they need to investigate the killing of saints who spread the message of peace and harmony in the society." He said that more than 40 monks have been killed in road accidents in the last five years.
Meanwhile, reports of protests by community members have also poured in from Vadodara, Navsari, Ankleshwar and other places.Attachments:1. Photo of hospitalised Jain Muni.2. Video link : Jain Monks died in road accidents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IbPrkFI8Vsg3. Latest (28th Dec 2012) order of High Court of Gujarat for implementation of its earlier order of 2005४. copies of memo in pdf.Regards
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