The BSP has demanded a CBI inquiry into the four-year-old case of the death of three Dalit men at Thangadh (Surendranagar) in police firing. Rejecting the report of the CID (crime) in this incident, it has also sought compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to the victims’ kin.
In a letter addressed to the state Governor O P Kohli on Saturday, BSP state president Bachubhai Patel lamented that the government was paying no heed to people sitting on a dharna in Gandhinagar since August 1 in support of their demands for action in the case. The victims are seeking compensation, like the way it was given to the victims of Una. Granting of three acres land to each of the deceased had not materialised despite an order to that effect..
The letter alleges that no assistance other than the one given by Social Welfare Department has been given to the victims.
Chhanabhai Mavjibhai, a fourth victim, was injured badly in the firing. The three deceased were Mehul Valjibhai (17), Prakash Bavalbhai (16) and Pankaj Amarshibhai Sumra (26). It said the CID crime officers registered a C summary (non-cognisable offence) in two of the three cases. Principal Secretary Sanjay Prasad was appointed to investigate at that time and he submitted his report to the state government in 2013, the letter said, adding, no action was taken on the report. “Despite similarities between Thangadh and Una incidents, the government has adopted double standards, wh-ich is condemnable,” it said.