Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has ordered a CBI probe in the case of a Dalit family being assaulted for allegedly skinning a dead cow in the Gir Somnath district of the state.
Patel called for a designated court to be set in consultation with the high court to ensure speedy trial in the matter.
She also asked for a special public prosecutor to take up the case, adding that the investigating officer has to submit the charge sheet to the court in 60 days.
The CM added that the state government would bear all the medical expenses of the victims.
On July 11, the four Dalit youths were thrashed by a group claiming to be from the Shiv Sena in four Dalit youths in Gir-Somnath district’s Samadhiyala village on July 11 for allegedly slaughtering a cow. The youth explained they were skinning dead animals, as was their traditional vocation, but they were beaten with iron rods and dragged for half a kilometre behind an SUV by the assailants.
A video clip of the incident was shared widely on social media, sparking outrage across the country.
A case was registered under the Una Police Station on the same day under Sections 307, 323, 324, 395 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code, Gujarat Police Act Section 135, Section 3 (2) (v)-Prevention of Atrocities Act against six persons by Vasarambhai Balubhai Sarvaiya of Mota Samdiyala village of Una taluka of Gir Somnath district.
The district officials including the District Collector had visited the hospital and met the victims and are currently supervising all necessary action.
As many as seven persons were undergoing treatment. Three were undergoing treatment in Junagadh Hospital and four in Una Civil Hospital. Three of the persons admitted to Una Civil Hospital have since been referred from Una to Rajkot Civil Hospital and one patient has been discharged. As of date, two persons are still hospital undergoing treatment.
Parliamentary secretary Jethabhai Solanki visited the victims earlier on July 12, while former Congress MLA from Somnath Assembly Jashabhai Barad visited the patients and met the family members earlier on July 13.
The investigation handled Deputy Superintendent of Police (SC/ST cell) have arrested as many as eight persons in this regard.
In view of alleged mishandling, one police inspector and two assistant sub-inspectors and one head constable were suspended earlier on July 14 and July 17 respectively for dereliction of duty.
A compensation of Rs 1 lakh was paid on the basis of registration of offence earlier on July 14.