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Arrest warrant against Forbesganj firing victims including six dead

Thursday April 11, 2013 06:27:23 PM, Agencies

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Patna: About two years after the gruesome police firing in Forbesganj of Araria district, local police have issued arrest warrant against 50 villagers including the six who were killed in the firing, and those who were injured, their family members and witnesses of the incident.


The arrest warrant has been published in the local editions of Hindi dailies Hindustan and Dainik Jagran (on 8 and 9 April 2013) by the local police.


“The Police have published arrest warrant in newspapers against 50 people including the six who are already dead", said Maulana Ale Rasool, Imam of the village mosque whose seven-year-old son was also seriously wounded in the firing. 


Among the dead are an 8-month old infant, Yasmin Khatoon, Mukhtar Ansari and Mustafa Ansari.


Yasmin Khatoon was seven-month pregnant when killed in the firing that had created nationwide stir. 


On June 3, the police opened fire at a group of people who were protesting the blocking of a road because of an upcoming factory in Bhajanpur village of Araria district, about 350 km from here. The video footage released after the incident showed how a Home Guard Jawan, Sunil Kr Yadav, was jumping over unconscious Md Mustafa Ansari’s body, a victim who later died.


"The villagers are terrified by the arrest warrant. Many have fled, police are raiding village in the night,” Ale Rasool said.

Soon after the firing on 3rd June 2011, the local police had lodged three FIRs against the villagers who were protesting against the blockade of their old approach road by a company whose shareholders include leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.


The police had filed FIRs against 4000 villagers alleging that they had attacked the police with firearms wounding 28 policemen. However, these claims were later found not true by the rights activists.

The arrest warrant has created havoc in the village of Bhajanpur predominantly resided by poor Muslim weavers – known as Ansari community. Many have fled the village as police have started raiding the area in the night.


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