The Vadodara encounter in June 1993 led to the death of Raju Risaldar, labelled the don of Vadodara (alt.: Baroda) by media. Raju was accused of being involved in multiple cases of extortion, murder and contract killing. He was also a political activist of Shiv Sena and its chief of Vadodara district unit. Risalder rose to prominence following the August 1991 killing of a Congress Party leader.
In February 1993, Chief Minister Chimanbhai Patel was credited with strong-arming Risalder into an uneasy alliance to keep the peace between Hindu and Muslim communal activists in Baroda in the lead up to an election in which the BJP was expected to contest the traditional Congress Party dominance of elections in the region by issuing orders to have several of Risalder's lieutenants arrested. Risalder and Shiv Sena were then tasked with insuring that the BJP turnout would be low. According to the times of India, leaders of the Hindu community cooperated out of a desire to avert the communal rioting and destruction of shops and other property that were expected if Congress lost the election.
Risalder's henchmen were accused of murdering of Dinesh Pathak, the resident editor of the popular Gujarati daily Sandesh. Raju was arrested in Bombay and was shot dead by Gujarat Police in Vadodara.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Manas, Dasgupta (4 February 1993). "Political equations ensured peace in Baroda". Times of India. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
- "Dinesh Pathak - Committee to Protect Journalists". Cpj.org. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
- Uday Mahurkar (1993-06-30). "Cracking down on the dons". Indiatoday.in. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
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