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Victims' parents demand CBI probe

india Updated: Aug 04, 2008 20:36 IST

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The parents of two boys of Asaram Bapu's Ashram in Ahmedabad, who died under mysterious circumstances last month, on Monday demanded a CBI inquiry into the deaths.

"The chief minister had assured us that CID (crime) will investigate the matter and get results within 10 days. But it is over ten days now, and police is yet to come up with substantial fact that could solve the mystery behind death of our children," father of one of the boys, Shantibhai Vaghela told media persons.

Decomposed bodies two cousins Dipesh Vaghela (10) and Abhishek Vaghela (11), were found on the banks of Sabarmati river on July 5, a few kilometres away from the religious leader's Ashram, Gurukul in Motera, Gandhinagar, where they used to study.

"We will be fasting for 72 hours from August 8, as a sign of protest against the incompetency of the state police to solve the case and provide justice," he said.

"And even after this, if we don't get justice, we will resume our agitation," Vaghela added.

On July 18, people and attack on media persons by supporters of Asaram Bapu observed total shutdown in the city amidst violent protests.

The city-wide bandh call was given by residents of the Nirnaynagar area, where the two boys lived and was supported by the Congress party.

A state-wide bandh call was also given by Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti on July 21, demanding CBI inquiry into the case.

Earlier the victims' parents had met Chief Minister Narendra Modi during which they were assured of thorough investigation by the CID (crime).

The Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti has supported the 72-hour symbolic fast that was announced on Monday by the parents of the two boys.