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Interrogation death sets off protest, farmer dies in Gujarat police firing

The police lobbed eight teargas shells to disperse the angry mob and then opened fire in which three persons were injured.

Written by RITESH GOHIL | Gujarat | Updated: October 27, 2017 1:15 pm
gujarat, Gujarat farmer death, gujarat farmer, gijarat firing, Gujarat farmer interrogation death, gujarat man dead in custody, farmer killed, gujarat protest, Dahod, Gujarat farmer death, dahod violence, farmer protest, interrogation death Police vehicles were set on fire in Dahod’s Garbada taluka. At least 7 policemen were injured. (Express Photo/Bhupendra Rana)

Violence rocked the tribal Chilakota village of Dahod’s Garbada taluka on Thursday after a local resident died following his interrogation by the police during which he was allegedly severely beaten up. Angry villagers demanding that the police be booked for murder attacked the local police station and set vehicles on fire. To quell the crowd, police opened fire in the evening in which a farmer was killed by a bullet that hit him in the head. This heightened tension late tonight in the region, a day after elections were announced in the state.

Sources said that officials of the Local Crime Branch picked up Kanesh Gamara, 31, around 1.30 am on Thursday to question him about his brother who was reportedly wanted in a dacoity case. Gamara was picked up with another person and then released around 3 am. Within an hour, he was dead. The villagers took his body in a tempo around 7 am to the Jesawada police station demanding that the policemen involved in his interrogation be booked for murder.

When the police said they would register a case of accidental death, villagers stoned the police station and set official vehicles on fire. The police lobbed eight teargas shells to disperse the angry mob and then opened fire in which three persons were injured. Ramsu Mohaniya, 45, the farmer from Amli village who died in the firing is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters. His cousin Ratan Mohaniya told The Indian Express that Ramsu had gone to buy vegetables to Jesawada when he came in the line of police fire.

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gujarat, Gujarat farmer death, gujarat farmer, gijarat firing, Gujarat farmer interrogation death, gujarat man dead in custody, farmer killed, gujarat protest, Dahod, Gujarat farmer death, dahod violence, farmer protest, interrogation death When the police said they would register a case of accidental death, villagers stoned the police station and set official vehicles on fire. (Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)

His admission record in the general hospital at Dahod, accessed by The Indian Express, says: “Ramsu Jokhlabhai Mohaniya. Hit by bullet in the head. Brought dead”. Police officials said that “seven to eight” policemen were injured in stone-pelting by villagers. Another villager Kanu Bhuriya was injured in the head and referred to Vadodara civil hospital for further treatment, said an official at the Dahod general hospital. Speaking to The Indian Express, Bhuriya said: “The police hired my vehicle (a tempo) and I got a call to come to the Jesawada police station. When I came here and parked my vehicle, something hit me near the eye”. He had a swollen right eye and a bandage on his right arm.

Dahod Deputy Superintendent of Police Tejas Patel told The Indian Express: “We had taken Gamara in for questioning about his brother who is underground in a dacoity case and released him the same day. This morning, Gamara’s relatives approached the police to lodge a complaint and when police were in the process of registering the complaint, around 500 people gathered at the police station and started pelting stones. The crowd also burnt and damaged police vehicles.”

Asked how many rounds were fired, he said: “The investigation is on”. Said Mohan Tadvi, a resident of Jesawada village and an eyewitness: “LCB police officers came to investigate, they picked up two persons and thrashed them. Later in the morning one of them died and when we went to police station to register a complaint against the police officers. They refused and said they would only register a case of accidental death.”

gujarat, Gujarat farmer death, gujarat farmer, gijarat firing, Gujarat farmer interrogation death, gujarat man dead in custody, farmer killed, gujarat protest, Dahod, Gujarat farmer death, dahod violence, farmer protest, interrogation death The villagers took his body in a tempo around 7 am to the Jesawada police station demanding that the policemen involved in his interrogation be booked for murder. (Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)

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    S M Quadri
    Oct 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    There may be some arranged terrorist attack by rss and bjp to polarize Gujarat before election. Because there is no other option left for them.
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      Joy
      Oct 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm
      Interesting to watch the anti-BJP floodgates is open, which is the need of the hour.But Pro-BJP paid surveys are giving different picture!!
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        Sriniwasan
        Oct 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm
        The Spin doctors of the Dirty tricks Department of both the Political parties will not rest till people's harmony and peace is destroyed at the altar of those seeking POWER. Long live Democracy.If you cannot fight on issues, resort to violence.
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          Kamal Pasha
          Oct 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm
          After the take over of the country by illiterates and Saffrons, India has become a jungle where nobody is safe.
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            Sriniwasan
            Oct 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm
            As if India was a land of Peace with Milk and Honey flowing on the streets during the UPA and Khangress misrule of SIX DECADES.
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              Kamal Pasha
              Oct 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm
              Sriniwasan : During Congress rule, jounalists were not killed or jailed, beef eaters were not killed, Dalits were not killed, Kashmiri freedom fighter were no shot be pellets, Prime minister's never hugged foreign heads, farmers were not killing themselves, borders were safe, were normal relations with neighbors, ministers never runaway from Saarc meetings, government never lied about surgical strike. You want to know more, read foreign papers about literate's Indian government.
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              CR
              Oct 28, 2017 at 8:36 am
              Mr. Kamal you are free to leave india if u feel that no body is safe in india.
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                Baig
                Oct 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm
                Why Mr. CR, Lal Mirchi lage kya. If you want to leave you can go to Nepal the only country that will accept you. Why Mr. Kamal has to leave our beloved India. You take Sriniwasan with you.
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                CR
                Oct 28, 2017 at 8:46 am
                I think u don’t having knowledge abt gujarat. Before 22 yrs gujarat passed throgh curfew on each and every second-third day. And from last 15-16 yrs we had never passed through curfew. If u wish to improve ur knowledge abt VIKAS than do come in Gujarat and stay for one month. Also u can improve ur knowledge by reading authentic fair foreing paper studies abt our current gov.
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                  Shivendra
                  Oct 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm
                  Who said that? My family has been living in Gujarat since 1981 and we know how many curfews have taken place since then. And the answer is, that even before bjp hardly even a minor curfew is remembered. And oh Vikas. Be a realist, stop living in a dreamland. Yeah, I know what your next reaction will be. You’ll say “cmon what’s so wrong with Vikas?”. You know what the truth is? The truth is that there is still a LONG way to go even for a state like Gujarat to have full ‘vikas’. Because Gujarat still has millions of impoverished, poor people, it still has millions of unemployed and its public services are still the most mediocre. I’m sorry, if you meant ‘Vikas’ like a country like Sweden, then you’ve been living in the world of oblivion. Of course otherwise, if you think that simply building jugaadu infrastructure is Vikas, then there is no helping you.
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                    Smartyy
                    Oct 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm
                    I think you forget what was happen in godhra Mr feku and his best buddy was the criminal and you forgot the was a curfew after all this .. Don't become like sheep and goat and just walk behind illiterate people who don't have a sense how to handle and be with people of this country .. If he is telling that Sab ka sath and aab ka Vikas to Ye hai vikas Ki Hindu Muslims Ki politics khalo .? Ka Issi se india ka vikas hoga .? Or vikas Ki baat ker rahe ho in Gujarat to aaj Zara pata kerlo Ki Gujarat per kitne rupiye ka karZa bada hua hai .. And for you kind info must go and check at what price the vegitable is available in market .. I haven't seen this much of money rising in the rule of congress .? Have u .? Ye wahi logo Ki sirkar hai ho gas ke cylinder 414/Rs around or daal 60 to 70/ Rs around ke Bhao Ki bazar Mai mil rahi thi us waqt protest Mai ayye the Yahi Mr feku or unko team or aaj Zara Bhao pata kerlo cylinder or daal ke .. Ye hai vikas feku ka .?
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                  A real Hindu
                  Oct 27, 2017 at 11:35 am
                  Forget about farmers death...enjoy and play yoga with our PM today, because he is focussing most important issue of India ..ie yoga
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