Noida shooting: Gym trainer’s family joins SP rally demanding justice

Protesters demanded the arrest of three police personnel who were with Darshan at the time of the shooting on the night of February 3

noida Updated: Feb 08, 2018 22:12 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times
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The rally started from Noida Stadium and ended at the district magistrate’s camp office in Sector 27.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

A protest rally was organised by Samajwadi Party, along with other political parties and family members of Jitendra Yadav, a gym owner and trainer who was shot and injured allegedly by trainee sub-inspector Vijay Darshan, on Thursday afternoon.

The rally started from Noida Stadium and ended at the district magistrate’s camp office in Sector 27.

Protesters demanded the arrest of three police personnel who were with Darshan at the time of the shooting on the night of February 3. The family members and supporters of Yadav also demanded a CBI investigation in the matter.

People carried placards criticising the police and demanding justice for Yadav. The family members have also demanded that an inquiry should take place about the role of senior police officers in the whole matter.

“When Darshan shot my brother, he had reportedly called a senior officer to inform him about the incident. We don’t know what the conversation was between the two, but we want to know who the officer was and what they spoke,” Dharmendra, Yadav’s older brother who is a witness to the shooting, said.

Political parties used the incident to target the Yogi Adityanath-led state government. “We will keep protesting till the time a fair investigation takes place. We demand a CBI inquiry in the case. People have lost faith in the police. The three police personnel who present during the incident should also be arrested,” Surendra Nagar, national general secretary and MP, Samajwadi Party, said.

Pawan Sharma, Noida Congress president, said, “The issue is not a political one. The police department comes under the state government and the law and order situation has worsened since the BJP government came to power. We want a fair investigation in the matter and all political parties are together when it comes to law and order.”

Yadav’s family has alleged that the officials from the electricity department have been harassing people in Parthala village to stop people from coming forward in support of the gym trainer.

“Premises of some of the residents of our village were searched by officials from the electricity department because the government doesn’t want them to take part in such protests. We informed the district magistrate about it. The DM has given us an assurance that a fair investigation will take place,” Dharmendra said.

The DM denied the allegations made by the family and said the power department was not targeting villagers. “We want to assure people that a proper and fair investigation will take place in the shooting incident. I checked with the power department officials and no villager is being harassed by the department with any ill intention,” said BN Singh, district magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 22:12 IST