One of the arrested accused, a retired government servant, Monday moved regular bail application before a special court in the Una flogging case. He is among the 36 accused arrested so far by the CID (crime), which is investigating the case in which four Dalit men were flogged for skinning a dead cow at Mota Samadhiyala village of Una taluka in Gir Somnath on July 11.
The accused, Shantilal Monpara, president of Sanatal Charitable Trust which claims to be working for the protection of cows, moved the application for bail, stating he was “innocent”. He has said in the bail plea that he was not part of the mob which beat up the Dalit youths, but he had phoned the police about the alleged killing of a cow and had escorted the policemen to the flogging spot.
On the other hand, three persons — Rahul Parmar, Chadnresh D Dhakan and Shailesh Bambhaniya — have moved the special court, seeking anticipatory bail. Apprehending arrest, they have said that they have nothing to do with the case. Rahul Parmar is also said to have informed police about the alleged killing of a cow. Parmar is associated with Monpara and claims to be working as a ‘gau rakshak’ for the past several years.
Although there is no provision of filing anticipatory bail in an atrocity case, their advocates said that since they have not been named in the FIR, they moved anticipatory bail pleas. The special court Monday adjourned the matter for hearing next Monday.