Protesting villagers agree to cremate Pagia

A day after Shehra taluka in Panchmahals saw total bandh in protest against the alleged custodial death of Sartan Dahya Pagi,a resident of Saradiya,village heads who gathered to decide on the last rites,reportedly advised the family to complete the rituals at the earliest

Written by Express News Service | Vadodra | Published: September 4, 2013 2:43:47 am

A day after Shehra taluka in Panchmahals saw total bandh in protest against the alleged custodial death of Sartan Dahya Pagi,a resident of Saradiya,village heads who gathered to decide on the last rites,reportedly advised the family to complete the rituals at the earliest.

Following the post-mortem at SSG hospital,Vadodara,Pagi’s family had refused to take back his body until action was initiated against the officers who allegedly tortured him in custody,leading to his death. According to the decision taken by locals late on Tuesday evening,the body,which is still in SSG hospital,will be taken back to the village where last rites are expected to be performed on Wednesday.

A resident from the village said,“Village elders are of the opinion that they must not dishonour the body. Our agitation will go on till we get justice for Sartan and his perpetrators are booked,but we have to trust the inquiry commission set up and allow them to do their work. We cannot let the body rot till that time. So,Sartan will be respectfully cremated on Wednesday.”

The villagers,on Saturday,had held a protest rally against the police,led by BJP MLA Jetha Bharwad. They had submitted an application to the police alleging that Sartan was tortured in custody after he was caught drunk on Friday. The police claimed that Sartan had committed suicide on Friday night.

S K Gadhvi,DCP Crime and Administration,said,“We are awaiting details of the post-mortem report and once it is with us,we will have a clearer picture of the direction in which the probe should head. There is a judicial inquiry that is going on simultaneously and we have handed over necessary documents to them. Action will be initiated against officers found guilty.”

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