Court junks Patkarís plea for SIT probe into 2002 assault on her

A metropolitan court Thursday rejected an application by social activist Medha Patkar demanding that a special investigation team (SIT) be formed to probe the assault on her at Gandhi Ashram in the city in 2002. The case dates back to April 2002 when a group of social activists and mediapersons who had gathered at the ashram to discuss communal harmony in the aftermath of post-Godhra riots were beaten up by a group of people that allegedly included BJP workers. Patkar too was allegedly assaulted.

An FIR was lodged at Sabarmati police station and subsequently a chargesheet was filed against former city mayor Amit Shah, the then BJP Yuva Morcha president Amit Thaker, Rohit Patel and V K Saxena. Last year, Patkar filed an application before the magisterial court demanding formation of an SIT to probe the case since Gujarat Police was allegedly biased in its investigation.

Bullet from own gun kills SRPF constable

An SRPF constable posted outside the New Sachivalaya died Wednesday night after a bullet from his stengun shot through his eye and skull. Police said a ballistic report was awaited and they were not sure if the constable shot himself or his gun went off accidentally. The deceased, identified as Veerpal Singh Chauhan (53), was a native of UP. Gandhinagar SP Sharad Singhal said, "The forensic and ballistic report from FSL would take at least 20 to 25 days."

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