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PIL in Ahmedabad HC on beating of Muslims by Gujarat Police, Hindu activists
Saturday October 26, 2013 10:14 PM, Staff Reporter

Stating that the Gujarat police personnel violated human rights and fundamental rights of the people of Sansrod village acting in connivance with "persons with vested interests", a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in Ahmedabad High Court on Friday demanded a thorough probe into the entire incident.

"There is an urgent and immediate need of a thorough and independent inquiry into the whole incident and alleged human right and fundamental right violations of the Muslim residents in particular of Village Sansrod", a petition filed by Islami Relief Committee of Gujarat said. 

The court has accepted the petition and has put the date of hearing in the first week of November.

Stating that police officers acting in connivance with persons with vested interest resorted to illegal and unconstitutional violence, looting and rioting during the Muslim holy festival of Eid ul-Adha, the petition demanded, "Police authorities should not be allowed to be instigated by any third party who has no business of intermeddling in maintaining law and order of the society and the Police Authorities ought not to have entertained such persons."

Recalling the incident which led to the arrest of the Muslim villagers on Edi al-Adha day, the petietion said, "Some Police Personnel along with so-called animal activist (gau rakhsak) Mr. Jatin Vyas raided a locality in the village Sansrod and arrested four (4) persons on the allegation of cow-slaughter."

"Thereafter", the petition said, "It seems that the Police Officers under the instigation of so-called animal activist (gau rakhsak) Mr. Jatin Vyas tried to illegally seize the animals of the residents of village which were to be sacrificed for the religious obligation of Eid ul-Adha from the farmland of the villagers, and also resorted to high handedness, violence and use of abusive language against the villagers and also against the women and old, which ultimately and expectedly resulted in the escalation of the situation resulting into rioting."

The petition further said, "The Police have booked more than 125 Muslim villagers under more than 14 different sections of Indian Penal Code that includes attempt to murder, dacoity, rioting, attempt to destroy evidence and damaging government property out of which about 40 persons are already arrested."

"Contrary to the claims of the Police Officer", the petition said, "Many persons who are booked for the alleged offence are either not living in India or are too old or physically challenged to commit such type of offences. Further names of some dead persons are also in this list of alleged offenders."

The petition hence requested the court to constitute a High Power Committee of Court Commissioners comprising of the persons/officers to visit the affected areas and investigate into the allegations of human right and fundamental right violations.

The petition also demanded from the High Court to direct the National Human Rights Commission or State Human Rights Commission to investigate into the allegations of human right and fundamental right violations, as an alternative.

It also demanded transfer of the inquiry and investigation of the offences already registered to any impartial investigating agency like CBI, CID.

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