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NCW team visits Dahod,heat is on police

A team from the National Commission of Women (NCW) on Tuesday said there was evidence that police had used force against Dahod MP Prabha Taviad on May 1 while detaining her.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara |
May 9, 2012 7:00:46 am

A team from the National Commission of Women (NCW) on Tuesday said there was evidence that police had used force against Dahod MP Prabha Taviad on May 1 while detaining her.

The NCW has submitted a list of 15 questions to the Gujarat Police and sought reply within a few days.

“The video clippings of the incident clearly show police had used force while handling the woman MP,” Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar,head of the three-member search committee of NCW,told The Indian Express after visiting Dahod on Tuesday.

Prabhavalkar was on a day-long visit to Dahod after the NCW took suo motu cognisance of the incident during the Gujarat Day celebrations and ordered an inquiry. The other two members of the committee were chairperson of Gujarat State Commission for Women Leela Ankolia and Ahmedabad-based advocate and activist Manjula Pradeep.

The team was shown the half-an hour-long video clips by the police,which they had shot while detaining Taviad from her office on Zalod road on May 1,the day Chief Minister Narendra Modi was to preside over state-level function of the foundation day of Gujarat.

Prabhavalkar also checked statements of 20 women constables who were part of the police team that detained the MP and rejected their claim that Taviad had assaulted them. She also rejected the police claim that the MP could have created trouble at the function. Taviad was sent a formal invite to attend the function,she said.

“There is no evidence in the clippings of assault by the MP. How can a woman dare assault a team of 70 police personnel,” Prabhavalkar said.

The committee head said she had submitted a list of 15 questions to police. “We want to know why Taviad was not taken to Dahod hospital? We want to know why she had to go to Vadodara on her own for treatment of injuries that she suffered during the incident?”

The team also visited Taviad’s office and recorded the statement of the MP’s son,Chintan. The Congress MP was herself away to Delhi to attend the ongoing Budget Session. Prabhavalkar said she would record her statement on May 14 or 15.

Meanwhile,Congress and BJP workers gave contradictory accounts of the incident and shouted slogans against each other.

The team will submit its report within 10 days to the chairperson of NCW who would forward it to the Speaker of Lok Sabha.

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