The local Police on Friday arrested six policemen - 04 State
Reserve Police (SRP) Jawans and 02 police constables, based on the
video footages in which they are seen breaking open a stall and
pounding motorcycles and bikes parked outside in the riot hit
The six policemen arrested just over
a month after the communal riot broke out in this North
Maharashtra city were produced in the local court where they were
sent to police custody.
"Four SRP jawans and 02 police
constables have been arrested today afternoon. They are charged
under section 461 and 380 of the Indian Panel Code (IPC)", a local
police official said while talking to ummid.com.
While the SRPs are identified as
Liladhar Sonawane, Ganesh Patil, Chabulal Vende and DS Sonawane,
the two police constables are Jawahar Pawar and Yogesh Shinde.
Six people - all Muslims, were
killed and more than 30 others were injured on January 06 when
police opened fire following the violence that broke out in the
city over non-payment of a food bill.
Local residents blamed the police of
using excessive force against the Muslim community and firing with
an intention to kill.
They also alleged that the police
personnel were involved in looting and violence.
Video footages showing the policemen
breaking into stall, pounding and smashing water drums,
motorcycles and bikes, and firing from shoulder height were given
to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan during his visit to the strife
hit city on January 15.
The families of those killed in the police firing approached the
Supreme Court and also filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in
the local court, demanding action against the guilty police
Though the state government
announced a judicial commission headed by a retired High Court
judge to probe into the entire incident, it is yet to name the
judge and make public exact nature of the proposed enquiry
Earlier, four other police personnel
were kept under suspension since January 18, after allegations
that they were involved in looting were leveled by local