The three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by the Gujarat government, to probe the 2012 Thangadh police firing, has started its investigation. The team led by Rajkot police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot is learnt to have met last week and scanned through the case papers.
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Sources said the team has started recording statements of people involved in the incident. “Several statements have been recorded and family members of the victims have been asked to record their statements,” a source said. Apart from Gehlot, the SIT consists of Surat DCP Parikshita Rathod and Porbandar SP Tarun Duggal.
The state had announced formation of the SIT following representations by Dalit activists, seeking a CBI probe into the incident. Three Dalit youths — Mehul Rathod, Prakash Parmar and Pankaj Sumra — were killed in the police firing in September 2012. Five FIRs were lodged following the incident, including three against Dalits in which chargesheets were filed. The matter is being tried in the court. However, in the two remaining FIRs registered by parents and relatives of Dalit victims the police filed closure reports.
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