The death of Shahpur youth on Sunday midnight made situation worse in communally sensitive Shahpur area that witnessed violence after a team of Ahmedabad Crime Branch reached the spot to round up suspects in cow slaughter case. The victim was buried in a burial ground close to Ahmedabad Police Commissioner office amidst heavy police protection.
The victim Ashraf Khan Pathan of Shahpur had suffered a bullet wound during the clashes when the police resorted to shelling tear gas shells.
Ashraf’s body was taken from VS Hospital after the post mortem for the burial at Moosa Suhag burial ground in Shahibaug near the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner office.
The police did not allow the family to take the body to Shahpur fearing another round of clashes in the area. The body was taken to a mosque behind hospital under police protection where the family offered ritualistic prayers. The funeral procession was taken from the Ellisbridge area under full police protection with the city police piloting the convoy.
The victim’s family members and community members joined in from walled city area and shouted slogans against cops during the procession and showed aggression on the roads against the victim’s death. Add CP (traffic) Harikrishna Patel handled the traffic and security on the road till the procession was taken to the burial ground.
Ashraf was taken to VS Hospital where he succumbed to bullet injuries in the wee hours. The doctors at the hospital stated that as per the primary report a piece of aluminium was removed from his body during operation that suggested a countrymade weapon was used in firing. The service revolvers and pistols of police generally contain copper.
Ashraf’s family that is upset and angry with the incident however have told police that the deceased had no enemity with anyone that could have triggered private firing in the midst of the clashes.
The Ahmedabad Police however claim that there was no firing at all in the clashes and only tear gas shells were used. The police have however sought a forensic report on the bullet wound.
DCP Zone I Virendra Yadav said, “There is high possibility that tear gas shells that were used during the incident might have left an impact on victim’s body since the tear gas contains aluminum particles. However a detailed report on that has been sought on what impacted his body”.
The Shahpur police have registered a case of rioting against 11 main accused for rioting who were identified as Aslam Sheikh, Nasir Sheikh, Salman Habib Sheikh, Zariuddin Moinuddin, Ayubkhan Nawabkhan Pathan, Mohsin Jummakhan Pathan, Aspal alias Suran, Salav Sarifuddin Saiyed, Aamir Panwala, Saddam Hasan and one Kabado among other 1500 to 2000 person in the mob as per the FIR.
As per the FIR, the Shahpur police have said that the he mob of around 1500 to 2000 persons from Shahpur and neighbouring areas got together and protested against the Ahmedabad police team that went for patrolling to check the illegal trade of beef in the area. The mob did not let the police check the spots and with the fear that the police will take away the animals brought for slaughter ahead of the Bakra Eid festival, the persons formed a mob and started pelting stones on police. The police added that the mob were loaded with weapons and rushed towards police to attack them.
In the rioting case, the police have booked a case under Section 143, 147, 148, 149, 307, 332 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code for rioting, unlawful assembly, attempt to murder and causing disturbance to public servant in doing his duty.
The Shahpur police added that a second FIR was registered in the case of mob snatching away the service revolver of Sub-Inpsector AB Gohil who is currently under treatment at VS Hospital. Gohil who is the complainant in this case has stated that he was passing from an area near Shahpur unaware of the tensions in the interiors when a mob rushed towards him with weapons and snatched his service revolver after thrashing him.
Gohil who suffered injuries on his head was rushed to hospital in a heavily bleeding condition. The police have booked a case against unknown persons stating that a mob of around 1500 to 2000 attacked the SI. The police have booked unknown persons under the same sections of rioting and unlawful assembly besides dacoity and mischief by fire or explosive substance with intention to cause damage under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The Ahmedabad Police had however deployed security at communally sensitive areas including Shahpur a day before the clashes yet the violence erupted. The area is now under tight security of Rapid Action Force and State Reserved Police Force besides the Ahmedabad Police.