Shamim Modi: Five years on, still awaiting Justice

By Anurag Modi,

It’s five years, victim of brutal attack Ms. Shamim Modi, an assistant professor with TISS, Mumbai, and a known social and political activist, is still awaiting justice from Mumbai High Court. After CB, CID Mumbai Crime Branch failed to solve the conspiracy, as desired  by the Mumbai High Court in its earlier order of October 2010,   Ms. Shamim Modi, through her lawyer, Mihir Desai, has  approached the Mumbai High Court; but the court is yet to act on her four year old writ petition no 2545/2010, in which she has  demanded CBI investigation against the ex-Revenue Minister of M. P. Mr. Kamal Patel of BJP and his business associates Natwar Pate for hatching out the conspiracy and against  the involvement of then Senior Police Inspector of Manikpur Police Station of Vasai, district Thane, Mr. Ashok Pawar in the crime, under whose jurisdiction the crime  occurred. Shamim Modi

She was attacked by the watchman of the building in her flat in Vasai on 23rd July 2009. She received   118 stitches on all over her  body; her skull was fractured at many places;  throat was slit- had it  been a mm deeper,  she would have not survived –  said the treating doctor Prkash Shinde of Vasai,  in his  injury certificate. Yet, the case of attempted was registered on the intervention of Mumbai High Court in her petition, in October 2009 and investigation was entrusted to CB CID, Mumbai crime branch. Despite all best efforts, the CB, CID, unit 12, Dahisar, has failed to investigate the case.

During her social and political work back in M. P.- from 1994 to 2009-  she has organized Adivasi and other industrial labours and also   exposed the corrupt nexus of the Minister in question Mr.  Kamal Patel . She has also demanded the investigating into the involvement of then Senior Police Inspector of Manikpur Police Station of Vasai, district Thane, Mr. Ashok Pawar, as  he has   not only motivated, dishonest and deliberate investigation, manipulated evidences; one after another  right from the registration of FIR, but destroyed most vital forensic evidence, and had left no stone unturned in coloring the incident  as mere robbery attempt. Like, he has not made the seizure of nightgown which the petitioner was wearing at the time of the attack – which was so much soaked in the blood that it was tear open at the time of her operation in the hospital – instead he has seized a Salwar Kurta on record and had shown her wearing that at the time of attack.  The facts and circumstances indicate a larger political conspiracy.

Who is Shamim Modi?

After completing her graduation in psychology from the Jesus and Marry College, Delhi, Master’s degree in psychology from Lady Shree Ram College, Delhi, Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Social Psychology from the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai and L.L.B. from Barkatullah University, Bhopal,had given up her carrier and  based on the Gadhian Principals initiated a grassroots level work, in M.P.,  with her husband Anurag Modi. The couple along with local tribals of Betul district and with the active support of Tata Institute of Social, in 1996 formed an organization called Shramik Adivasi Sanghthan (SAS), which in last 13 years has spread to Harda and Khandawa Districts of MP. She fought many elections; few against the minister,  on the ticket of Samjwadi Jan Parishad – rather smaller and unknown outfit launched by veteran socialist  and close associates of Lohia, Late Kishan Patnayak.