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SC notice to Maharashtra govt on Dhule police firing

Friday February 15, 2013 08:14:50 PM, Special Correspondent

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Maharashtra government and asked to file a reply within 15 days while admitting the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by ANHAD and parents of the victims of the Dhule police firing case of January 6, 2013.


Demanding a probe into the police firing by Special Investigation Team (SIT) and adequate compensation for those killed, Dhule riot victims on January 28 had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Supreme Court.


The PIL which was jointly filed by Mohammad G. Naseer, father of the deceased Asim Ahmad (24), Asif Ali, elder brother of deceased Imran Ali (23) years and Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD) has also demanded action against the police personnel and government.


“The PIL is seeking a direction from this Court for establishment of an SIT investigate this incident in respect of the facts set out in the petition and prosecute the criminal offenders including police personnel and government officials in accordance with law”, they said in their application filed in the Supreme Court.

“The PIL is also seeking to pass an order directing the respondent to immediately pay Rs. 25 lakhs to the next of the kin of the deceased, Rs. 15 lakhs to those disabled, Rs. 10 Lakhs to those injured with Police Bullets and suitable compensation to those whose houses, shops were burnt, looted and destroyed”, the petitioners said in their petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India.


In support of the PIL, the petitioners have annexed a citizen’s fact finding report which was released by ANHAD on January 14, 2013.


The fact finding committee consisted of Shabnam Hashmi from ANHAD, one of the Petitioner organization, Prof. Ram Punyani of the All India Secular Forum, Prof. Apoorvanand of Delhi University, Advocate Nihalsing B. Rathore and others.


The petitioners alleged that the police was involved in looting and arson, and firing with an intention to kill. They also alleged that the police were refusing to register the FIRs and were instead filing cases against Muslim victims.


Six people were killed and more than 40 others were injured when the police opened fire after communal violence broke out on January 06 in the North Maharashtra city. All those killed and more than 90% of the people injured in the police firing are Muslims.





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