Four Dhule victims killed in police firing were shot in back: post-mortem reports

The post-mortem reports of the Dhule riot victims reveal that at least four of the six victims were shot in the back by the police.

While the police have maintained that they fired in self-defence after the mob reportedly attacked them during the January riots, the local Muslim community has alleged that the police "selectively targeted Muslims" and fired on people who were fleeing.

Of the five post-mortem reports available with The Indian Express, four victims were found to have bullet entry wounds in the back.

* Imran Ali Qamar Ali, 25, suffered "a firearm entry wound in the left scapular region of his back below his left shoulder". The exit wound is on his chest.

* Aasif Iqbal Naim Ansari, 30, had a "firearm entry wound on the back of his right shoulder". The bullet exited from "the back of his left shoulder after travelling horizontally and lacerating his spinal cord".

* Shaikh Aaseem Shaikh Naseer, 25, suffered a firearm "entry wound on his back, on the right side below the shoulder", with the bullet exiting through his chest. He also has another firearm exit wound on the "lateral side of his chest".

* Said Patel Rais Patel, 30, had a firearm entry wound "on the right side of his back, below the shoulder", which then exited though his chest.

* Mohammad Rizwan Shah, 22, is the only victim who had bullet injuries in the front. The bullet entered his thigh and exited from his right upper buttock. The Dhule police seem to have followed protocol and fired below the waist in this case.

* The post-mortem report of Yunus Shah, 22, who was shot in the neck and died four days later, is not available with The Indian Express.

All the post-mortems were conducted in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of the B H Government Medical College and Hospital, Dhule.

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