Gujarat government forms SIT to probe killing of three Dalits in 2012
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani declared to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the firing incident against Dalits at Thangadh.
The decision to form SIT came after four years after three Dalit youths were killed in Surendranagar district of Gujarat.
“Chief Minister Vijay Rupani took the decision following representations from Dalit leaders including cabinet minister Atmaram Parmar, former minister Ramanlal Vora, and Rajya Sabha MP Shambhuprasad Tundiya,” a press release from the government sources said quoting Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja.
The government has decided to form a special designated court and appoint a special public prosecutor to expedite the case, the press release said.
The government will also give an amount of Rs. 2 lakh as compensation to the kin of those killed in the firing.
Rajkot city police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot, Surat city DCP Zone -2, Parikshita Rathod, and Porbandar Superintendent of Police Tarun Kumar Duggal will be members of the SIT.
Vijay Rupani-led BJP Government in the state forced to form an SIT to probe the case, as the firing incident was widely discussed after Una Dalit flogging incident.
Dalit leaders in the state have demanded justice to victims of Thangadh firing in the rally held by Una Dalit Atyachar Padkar Samiti.
The Thangadh firing happened on the night of September 22-23, 2012 as the police shot at three Dalit youths, Pankaj Sumra, Prakash Parmar and Mehul Rathod, while trying to bring a clash between Dalits and OBC Bharwad community members in the area into the control.
Earlier, the then principal secretary of social justice and empowerment department Sanjay Prasad had probed into the case and submitted a report to the government.