Dhule riot victim approaches court, seeks probe against SDO, DySP

Nearly a month after the Dhule riots, during which six people were killed in police firing, the family a victim has moved court demanding probe against sub-divisonal officer (SDO) Nandkumar Bedse and deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Monica Raut.

Abbas Shah Sulaiman Shah (58), whose son Yunus Abbas Shah was allegedly shot by police on January 6, has accused Bedse and Raut of murder.

Shah, who was shot in the neck "from close range", died in Mumbai on January 9.

The family claimed he was not a rioter and was walking along a street when police opened fire. It said police violated rules by not firing below the waist.

"A police case should be filed against these officers and an investigation carried out under section 156 (3). We want the truth to come out," Abbas Shah Sulaiman Shah said in the petition filed before the Dhule judicial magistrate first class.

The petition will come up for hearing on February 16.

The petitioners claimed police opened fire without serious provocation and flouted rules. "My clients approached police to file a case, but nothing happened. Through this petition, we want police to investigate what actually happened on the day," counsel for Shah P C Pawar said.

"Today, it is Muslims who were shot. Tomorrow, it could be members of any other community. The rule of law should be supreme and police should realise they cannot get away with flouting it," he said.

Dhule police said the matter was being investigated by a judicial magistrate.

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