Killing of three Dalits including two minors in police firing in Surendranagar district in Gujarat has become a major controversy as relatives of the deceased took the dead bodies of three persons only after the Gujarat government ordered an inquiry into the incidents.
The state home department has also suspended police sub inspector KP Jadeja, who had fired at the mob killing three persons.
"Gujarat CID (crime) will inquire into the incident in which three persons have been killed," Gujarat in charge DGP Chitranjan Singh said. Moreover, the state government has also asked principal secretary social justice Sanjay Prasad to inquire into the incident and submit a detailed report to the government.
"We demand a police complaint for murdering three innocent persons be registered against the policemen who fired at the crowed," Gujarat Congress leader and a prominent Dalit leader Girish Parmar said.
The relatives and Dalit activists have accused the police of firing at unarmed Dalits, who had gathered there following a clash between Dalits and Bharwad community in Than village.
Bharwads and Dalits had clashed on Saturday evening regarding putting up a stall at public fair near Thangadh. The clash led to a major fight as members of both communities started using sticks, iron pipes and sharp weapons against each other, forcing the police intervention.
"There was a huge crowed which had turned violent. They were holding iron pipes and sticks so first the police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the mob, which refused to calm down so the police had to resort to firing to bring the situation under control," a police official from Surendranagar said.
However, locals have questioned the police claim on the ground that only Bharwad members were armed while police launched firing at unarmed and innocent Dalit members, who had gathered there following the clash.
"Our persons were not armed and yet police killed our men, who were minors. Everybody knows that Bharwads are powerful and have high handed approach," a local Dalit activist Babulal Solanki told local media.