Expressing solidarity with Dalit victims of Una, Ahmedabad Muslim Youth Group Wednesday submitted a memorandum to Ahmedabad collector, seeking banning of gau raksha samitis across the state and registration of criminal cases against policemen for their alleged dereliction of duty.
Activist and advocate Shamshad Pathan, who led the delegation to the collector, alleged that the “connivance” of the police in the brutal flogging of Dalit youths in Una was quite “clear”.
He said that a police control van with PSI Kanchan Kumar went to the spot where Dalits youths were being flogged. But the PSI returned, asking the accused to bring the Dalit youths to the police station.
“The suspension of police personnel is not enough. They should also be booked for the offence for which the accused belonging to the gau raksha samiti have been booked. The policemen should be arrested because they collaborated with the accused,” said Pathan.
Pathan said there was no need of private gau raksha samitis that had turned out to be a “nuisance” and allegedly indulged in extortion and other crimes on the pretext of cow protection. “It is the job of the police and not private armies,” Pathan said.
Pathan demanded that the gau raksha samiti activists involved in violence and extortion on the pretext of cow protection be booked under the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities (PASA) Act.