One of the persons that police have been hunting for in a case of communal clash that took place at Changa village in Anand district is supposed to have died in 2002, while five other persons whose names are mentioned in the first information report (FIR) do not exist at all. The police arrested 25 persons in connection with “rioting and loot” that took place on October 7, but could not find six persons out of 31 persons who were named in the FIR.
The arrests were made after members of two communities in the village clashed following minor scuffle that took place at a local milk co-operative outlet in the village. The scuffle escalated into riots in which at least one person was severely injured. The members of both communities filed cross FIRs in this connection in the nearby police station and 25 out of 31 persons were arrested.
Six persons that the police continue to search for “do not exist,” villagers have claimed. They said out of six persons, one of the accused, Ismael Vora died way back in 2002.
“It is surprising how Ismael’s name cropped up in the FIR. As per his death certificate available with his family members, he died on March 3, 2002. The names of at least five other persons are wrong as no such persons live in the village but the police are insisting that they live here and have even harassed persons whose name closely resemble those of names in the FIR,” a social worker, Javed Vora said.
The complainant, Rakesh Patel, is the secretary of village milk co-operative. Twenty- four out of 25 arrested were released on bail but the villagers are mulling to move the court against the police for being harassed in the name of accused who do not exist.