The Gujarat government on Monday opposed the bail pleas of two policemen who are behind the bars in connection with Una Dalit flogging incident.
The government prosecutor told the court that these policemen forged cases and destroyed evidence in order to shield the accused and hence their petitions should be rejected. The government’s submission came on the two petitions moved by accused police inspector, Una police station, Nirmalsinh Jhala and sub-inspector N D Pandey.
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They are among the 34 accused chargesheeted by the Gujarat CID (crime) on September 7 in connection with the public flogging four Dalit youths for skinning a dead cow on July 11 in Una taluka of Gir-Somnath district.
The public prosecutor argued that these policemen lodged a false case of a missing cow which was also out of their jurisdiction. Besides they fudged facts of skinning of a dead cow by the victims and reported it as “beef being found.” The lawyer representing the accused argued that they were not aware about the incident. He said that the FIR was lodged in time and the case was immediately handed over to DySP as per the provisions under Atrocity Act. The matter was adjourned to November 17.
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