After advocate-activist Jignesh Mewani and his colleagues organised a massive gathering on August 15 to focus attention of the nation on the Una Dalit incident, the Gujarat Anusuchit Jati Atyachar Sangharsh Samiti, in collaboration with NGO Navsarjan, is going to take out a rally and hold a public meeting in Gandhingar on Sunday to demand justice for four dalit youths, three of whom were shot dead in alleged police firing in Thangadh town of Surendranagar district in two different incidents on September 22 and 23, 2012. Another was injured seriously.
Addressing mediapersons at Navsarjan office on Friday, parents of the deceased Dalit youths demanded re-opening of the cases and fresh probe into them by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to find out who exactly were involved in firing on the youths, trial of the case in a special court in Ahmedabad and making public the report of an inquiry conducted into the case by IAS officer Sanjay Prasad.
The three Dalit youths were shot dead allegedly by the police following a fight between youths belonging to Dalit and Bharwad communities over buying a pouch of water. Those shot dead were Mehul Rathod (16), Pankaj Sumra(17) and Prakash Parmar(21). Another dalit youth, Sanabhai Vania (35), was injured seriously. However, police had not entertained his FIR.
Valjibhai Rathod, father of deceased Mehul Rathod, said that they moved from pillar to post to demand justice in the case but the police filed a C-summary in the court and closed the case in June this year. He said he met several Dalit MLAs from the ruling party but all of them did nothing beyond doing lip service.
He alleged that his son was shot dead on September 22, 2012, after arguments between Dalit and Bharwad mobs. And two others were shot outside their houses on September 23, 2012, when the local Dalits were assembling to go to police station to lodge a complaint about the previous days incident.
Rathod said that family members of the deceased were sitting on relay hunger in Sector 6 of Gandhinagar since August 1, 2016, to demand justice in the case. But there had been no response from the government in this regard so far.
Navsarjan executive director Manjula Pradeep said that about 10,000 persons were expected to attend the rally in Gandhinagar. She said her organisation had applied to the police for permission for the rally and public meeting.