Thangadh killing: CID proposes to drop attempt to murder charges against 8 dalits

In a startling revelation, a CID (Crime) report submitted before the magisterial court concerned in Surendranagar district has proposed to drop the charges of attempt to murder against eight dalits who have been arrested for the alleged violence in Thangadh village on September 22 that culminated into the killing of three dalit youths later in police firing.

The CID (Crime) officials has done so while shooting down some of the salient factual ingredients into the police FIR lodged against the dalits adding that they have been found to be false during investigation.

The report has been circulated among media on Friday by an Ahmedabad-based human rights organisation — Dalit Hak Rakshak Manch.

According to the details, the Thangadh dalit killing issue had started following an alleged tussle between Dalit and Bharwad communities in Thangadh on September 22 night. Following the tussle, police had allegedly rushed to the spot to control the situation. However, according to Thangadh police, the mob of dalits went out of control following which they had to lob tear gas shells and fire in the air.

The then police sub-inspector of Thangadh police station, K P Jadeja, had subsequently got lodged an FIR against eight dalits alleging them of various criminal offences including attempt to murder. According to Jadeja's official complainant in the case, many police officials were seriously injured in the rioting act of the dalits. At present, all the eight accused are lodged in jail.

The case is being probed by police inspector H K Rana on behalf of CID (Crime). And on October 6, Rana submitted a report to the magisterial court concerned while proposing to drop serious charge of attempt to murder against the eight dalit accused.

In his report, Rana stated that during his investigation no evidence was found to charge the accused with attempt to murder.

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