Bhatta-Parsaul villagers to move Supreme Court for CBI probe

Disappointed with the Allahabad High Court’s verdict to deny a CBI probe into the alleged police brutality in Bhatta-Parsaul in May last year,residents of the village have said they will file an appeal in the Supreme Court next week

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Bhatta Parsaul | Published: April 2, 2012 2:18 am

Disappointed with the Allahabad High Court’s verdict to deny a CBI probe into the alleged police brutality in Bhatta-Parsaul in May last year,residents of the village have said they will file an appeal in the Supreme Court next week.

On Friday,adjudicating on a writ petition filed by Satish Kumar,a resident of Bhatta-Parsaul,a Division Bench of Justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and V K Dikshit said,“We do not think the local people should not trust the fairness of the investigation. A new government has been formed in a change of guard and it is hoped that the CB-CID will conduct a fair investigation and take the matter to finality in four months.”

Residents of the village,however,are not convinced and said their only chance of justice was an impartial CBI probe. Mahesh Choudhary,pradhan of the village,said,“We know that there is a different government in place and the chances of a fair investigation have gone up. Even then,it was personnel of the police who entered our homes,beat up the menfolk and raped and molested the women. The CB-CID comprises their colleagues,and we do not trust that they will actually bring out the truth. The CBI,which is a central agency,gives us a much better chance of justice.”

Villagers also believe that despite the court’s direction that the state government form a monitoring committee,there is nothing to be lost in going to the Supreme Court in appeal. Radhe Shyam Singh Singh said,“If we lose the appeal,the monitoring committee will still be in place and the Allahabad High Court has already asked the matter to be expedited in four months. If the CBI starts investigating,it will be a big bonus. But our women still live in fear of those wearing uniform. They deserve to see those who committed these atrocities on them punished.”

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