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Ashram boys’ death: Fathers depose before probe panel

For the first time in six months,Praful Vaghela and Shantilal Vaghela — fathers of the two children who were found dead on the Sabarmati riverbed in July last year — appeared before the Justice D K Trivedi Commission on January 5.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
January 8, 2009 12:23:59 am

For the first time in six months,Praful Vaghela and Shantilal Vaghela — fathers of the two children who were found dead on the Sabarmati riverbed in July last year — appeared before the Justice D K Trivedi Commission on January 5.

Surprisingly,the Vaghela brothers deposed before the commission only after it sent them summons.

The commission is investigating into the mysterious deaths of the two children. The minor boys,Dipesh and Abhishek,were studying at the Asaram Ashram-run Gurukul.

They went missing on July 3 and their mutilated bodies were found two days later.

According to sources in the commission,both Praful and Shantilal have submitted separate affidavits of nearly nine pages each.

They have explained in the affidavits the circumstances in which the bodies were recovered from the riverbed and the subsequent police action or inaction.

Sources further said the two have also submitted a separate document explaining as to why they suspect that their sons could be victims of black magic.

The Vaghelas were summoned by the commission after they did not appear

before it on their own,sources said.

Following which,Shantilal appeared before the probe panel and sought time to submit the affidavit.

The commission was formed by the state government on July 21,2008. It is supposed to submit its report by April 20.

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