NRI held for taking part in NJ protest rally
Rajnikant Parikh has been arrested for taking part in a rally here to demand suspension of a police officer.india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 12:22 IST
An Indian American man has been arrested for taking part in a rally here to demand suspension of a police officer, who he claimed, had assaulted him at a fireworks display to mark American Independence Day.
Rajnikant Parikh, 30, was among the 75 protestors in front of the Township Hall in Edison on Wednesday, when he was taken away by the police.
As Parikh was speaking at the demonstration, two agents of the US immigration department took him for questioning apparently to establish his legal status in the country.
He is reportedly still in the Federal custody. Officials of the immigration department said there was deportation order against Parikh since 2005.
The rally was in response to the July 4 arrest of Parikh by police officer Michael Dotro at an apartment complex in Edison where more than 800 people had gathered for an unscheduled fireworks celebrations.
Parikh had alleged that police had attacked him without provocation and buttressed his allegation pointing to his bruised face.
He was later arrested and charged with assault on Dotro on July 4 during fireworks display.
The Indian American community has since called for the suspension of Dotro, who has, however, been cleared of abuse allegations.
Indian immigrants here have angrily rejected the conclusion of the internal police investigation clearing Dotro of allegations of assault with their leaders describing it as "mere whitewash."