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Help Trilochon's & Dulal's Families
  • Ashutosh

    Created by

    Ashutosh Joshi
  • TM

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Trilochan Mahto Family

    from Purulia, West Bengal

The Dance of Democracy

India is the largest democracy in the world and the Indian elections are the biggest celebration of democracy. Of all the elections, the Panchayat Elections are unique to India and represent the dance of democracy at the very grass roots level. This is the real story of how this dance of democracy turned into the dance of death for young Trilochon Mahto, all of 20 years, a final-year history honors student of Balarampur College from Purulia in West Bengal, who decided to take on the might of the political system of West Bengal.

Making of the Chakravyuh (the vicious circle)

Trilochon’s father is an employee in a shop in the local market and his elder brothers work as daily laborers. Trilochon was the only one from the family who had stepped into college and dreamt to lift his family from the clutches of poverty. He dreamt of cracking the West Bengal Teacher Eligibility Test (WBTET) and becoming a teacher. However, with education and a burning desire to change things, it wasn’t long before the young man saw that not a single person from his area could pass the WBTET. The reason for this was not lack of ability but the political system. Trilochon understood that the fight against the political system had to take precedence over the fight against unemployment and poverty.

Abhimanyu must die

Trilochon joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and during the 2018 West Bengal Panchayat polls he worked as the second in lead of the Booth Protection Force of his polling booth. On 14th May, Trilochon single handedly fought with six men during election at the poll booth in the village. Along with the people of his village Supurdih in Purulia district’s Balarampur block, he resisted the Harmad Bahini and vote loot. As a result, the BJP won in all seven panchayats in Balrampur block of Purulia, a stronghold of the TMC and Trilochon was instrumental in this win. According to news reports, the six persons who Trilochon had fended off at the poll booth swore to kill him.

On 29th May, the six accused acted on their threat to kill their nemesis. Trilochon had gone to the market to make photocopies of study materials. He called up his brother around 7pm to say that he would be home soon. However, around 8pm, he called again to inform that he had been abducted by unknown men who were threatening to kill him.

On 30th May, his body was found hanging from a tree in nearly a kilometre away from his home. Scrawled on the back and front of his white T-Shirt was a chilling message "BJP politics at only 18 years". The message continued in a note found on a piece of paper left at his feet dangling just inches from the ground added, "Have been trying to do this since the polls, couldn't. Today your life ends." Trilochon was threatened for securing his people’s right to a free vote and his young life, full of hope, was snatched from him leaving behind an utterly devastated poor family whose dreams to a respectable life have been crushed forever.

Life after 29th May

Trilochon’s loss of life can never be compensated but a family whose dreams are now turned to ashes may still be have a chance to financial stability should every citizen who connects to the idea of Bharat and the idea of Sonar Bangla stands up to lend support. The goal of this campaign is to collect a lump sum amount of INR 5 lac for Trilochon’s family. Any collection above the initial goal will be utilized for legal aid of many unnamed grass roots workers in West Bengal who are fighting with their lives to ensure that West Bengal’s right to free and fair voting is not compromised.

More on Trilochon’s story here

About Me

My name is Ashutosh Joshi and I am based in Delhi-NCR working as Manager Finance for a large MNC. Inspired by the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, I have decided to do my bit by helping our Nation’s grass root heroes. I am the moderator of this campaign. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

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