An inquiry by the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) into the alleged police atrocities during the violent Patel agitation on August 25 has revealed that “excessive police force” was used while trying to bring normalcy in Ahmedabad.
The investigation has also revealed that “a section of police exceeded its brief”.
The report prepared by Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCB, Deepan Bhadran was submitted before the single bench of Gujarat High Court which had ordered an investigation following a petition against police atrocities by Virat Popat, a lawyer.
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The report states, “The inquiry clearly identifies use of excessive police force to the extent of causing damage to private property of the petitioner. A section of police had exceeded its brief by breaking the windshields of vehicles of the petitioner, thereby causing damage to private property,” the report quotes as saying.
It further says that “criminal culpability or otherwise of these acts of the policemen is subject to investigation, to be conducted after filing an FIR before the competent authority.”
However, the report says, after detention of the convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (Hardik Patel, whose name was not mentioned in the report) and other members, widespread riots broke out.
“In hot pursuit of members of the rioting mob, a section of police party entered Aastha Bungalows through the main gate on Sola road. They damaged windshields of three vehicles belonging to the petitioners, parked just near the main gate…”
Following the submission of the report, the matter has been sent to CID for further probe. So far, more than five similar cases have been referred to the CID.