SIT to investigate 2012 firing on Dalits

SIT to investigate 2012 firing on Dalits

SIT to investigate 2012 firing on Dalits

 Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday announced the setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to look into the 2012 Dalit firing incident.

In September 2012, Dalit youths Pankaj Sumra, Prakash Parmar and Mehul Rathod  were reportedly killed in police firing after a group clash in Thangadh in Surendranagar district.

Dalits and OBC Bharwads had clashed over the positioning of stalls at a fair.
Though there were several investigations, no progress was made in the case.
Even the report submitted to the principal secretary of the  social justice and empowerment department has not been made public.

The state CID investigation into the matter also remains inconclusive and no chargesheet has been filed.

This prodded the victim’s family to take up a fast for the past 19 days in Gandhinagar, demanding a judicial or CBI probe into the killings.

The state government has also announced an additional financial compensation of
Rs 2 lakh each to the family of the deceased.

The government has announced its intent to form a special designated court and appoint a special public prosecutor for the case.


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