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Dhule Civil Hospital record contradicts claim of large scale police injuries

Saturday February 02, 2013 05:50:48 PM, Staff Reporter

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Dhule: Barely few days after the release of new video footages showing police vandalism and the consequent suspension of few police personnel, a New Delhi based NGO submitted in the Supreme Court the the Dhule Civil Hospital record that shows an overwhelming number of policemen who were said to be injured in the violence actually had no grievous injuries and were told to go after examination in the Out Patient Department (OPD).

“The Civil Hospital record shows that out of the total 159 people including the policemen, who were injured and brought to the hospital on January 06, only 19 were admitted in the hospital. Rest all had non-grievous and simple injuries, and were discharged after being examined in the OPD”, Shabnam Hashmi, chairperson of ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) said while sharing the documents with

The Dhule Civil Hospital record obtained by ANHAD, which has also been included as evidence with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Supreme Court to demand a probe into the riot by Special Investigation Team (SIT), shows that out of the total 159 injured who were treated in the civil hospital on the day violence broke out in the city, 59 identified them as policemen, 02 as fire fighters and one as journalist. Others do not have occupation mentioned against their names.

The record also shows that except for the 19 persons - including 11 who identified them as police, 140 had minor injuries either due to blunt trauma, abrasion or scratches. The record describes their injuries as ‘kirkol’ (simple and minor) and says they were given necessary treatment in the OPD.

The record also shows that barring two persons with grievous injuries – including one who identified him as police, 17 persons out of the total 19 admitted in the hospital had ‘kirkol’ (simple and minor) injuries that required admission and primary medical observation.

When reached for his comment, Civil Surgeon Dr Govardhan Marutirao Gaikwad did not divulge much on the details mentioned in the record but said whoever was brought to the hospital was given treatment as per medical need and accordingly details were recorded.

“I was there in the hospital that day when people including the policemen were brought to the hospital. They were given necessary treatment in the OPD or admitted in the IPD in case it was required”, he said while talking to the

Communal violence broke out in this northern Maharashtra city on January 06 over non-payment of a food-bill. Police claimed it was ‘targeted’ and hence had to open fire to control the unruly mob. Six people were killed and more than 40 others were injured in the police firing. Barring one person from the Hindu community who is injured in the firing, all those killed and injured in the police firing are Muslims.


Guardian Minister Suresh Shetty a day after the riot while speaking to the media persons had claimed that about 102 policemen including 11 officers were injured in the riot.

Local residents alleged that the police is exaggerating the figure of their own men being injured in the violence to cover-up their brutality and justify the indiscriminate firing.


They also blamed the police of using excessive force, of participating in arson and looting, and firing with an intention to kill.


“We have evidence to prove police excesses and its brutality. It seems to cover up this fact so many policemen are being shown as injured”, Dy Mayor Amin Shawwal said.


Following the allegations against the police, the state government on January 15 announced a Judicial probe headed by a retired high court judge into the riot. The government however has not so far declared the name of the judge who will conduct the probe.


Meanwhile, four police constables have been suspended based on the preliminary examination of the video footages.  



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