September 3, 2008 4:55:54 am
The Sewri fast track court examined two more witnesses in the Ramabai firing case on Tuesday.
Dr Ketan Vaghulkar from Rajawadi Hospital who had attended four injured persons after the incident, told the court that the condition of all the four victims was critical. Producing the medical reports prepared after the accident, Dr Ketan Vaghulkar on Tuesday informed the court that all four victims were fired at from long distance and none would have reached the policemen. Injured persons—Heeraman Gaikwad, Vijay Gaikwad, Ramchandra Kadam and Bapu Kolekar—were attended by Vaghulkar. Police’s version states that the firing was carried out only after the mob converged and attempted to attack the police.
Another witness, Tai Bai Kamble, sister of injured Dattu Kamble, also said that none of the injured persons had traveled towards the west of the location. According to the police a tanker parked near the chawl had been set on fire by the furious mob which had led to the firing.
On July 11, 1997, state reserve police officer Manohar Kadam had ordered his platoon to open fire on a mob of dalits for allegedly rioting at Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar following desecration of Dr B R Ambedkar’s statue. The incident claimed 10 lives and injured 26.
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A commission was appointed under justice S D Gundewar in November 1997, which completed its inquiry in August 1998.
The report indicted Kadam for firing indiscriminately at the mob.
The state sanctioned Kadam’s prosecution in August 2001 and an FIR was lodged against him with the Pantnagar police station on August 30 that year.
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