Police have registered a complaint of rioting against the son of an inspector and 20 others for their alleged involvement in damaging vehicles and pelting stones at homes of the Patidars in Amroli area of Surat on the night of August 25.
The complaint was filed on Tuesday night by a Patidar, who also submitted CCTV footages to police in support of his allegations. The CCTV recordings have been sent to forensic laboratory.
According to complainant Ashwin Mavaliya, president of Gopinathji Society in Amorli, Sandeep Vasawa, a resident of Sweet Home Residency in the same area, and the others entered his society on the night of August 25 and damaged the parked vehicles and even pelted stones at the houses, breaking glass panels. The state had witnessed widespread violence on the night of August 25 and the following day after a Patidar rally for quota in Ahmedabad.
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Mavaliya’s allegations appeared a counter to the complaint under the Atrocities Act filed by Vasawa on August 26 against the Patidars for allegedly targeting him and abusing his caste. Twenty-eight Patidars were arrested in connection with this case, but later released on bail. Amroli sub-inspector A M Thakor said, “We have taken complaint from Gopinathji Society residents and even noted down their allegations made on Sandeep Vasawa and the others. They have given us CD containing footages of violence done by Sandeep and the others. We have send the CD to FSL office for lab tests for its genuineness. We have not made any arrest yet.”
Two cops suspended for Shwetang’s death
Two policemen posted at Bapunagar police station in Ahmedabad were suspended on Wednesday in connection with the alleged custodial death of 32-year-old Shwetang Patel during the quota violence on August 25.
The suspension was initiated after the CID (crime), which is investigating the alleged police atrocities on protesters, submitted its initial report and held the two policemen responsible for Shwetang’s death. Confirming the suspension of PSO Dashrath Singh and constable Himmat Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police (Sector-2) Manoj Shashidhar said that an inquiry would be initiated to ascertain the role of the two policemen in the youth’s death. Shwetang and five other youths were picked by police after violence erupted on August 25 following a quota rally. Shwetang, who allegedly suffered injuries during the clash with police, died in their custody.
Sources said the two policemen were suspended after the CID found that Shwetang could have been saved had the PSO and the constable taken him to a hospital in time. Shwetang’s mother Prabha-ben had moved HC, which directed the CID (crime) to investigate the cause of death and other allegations of police atrocities.