Gujarat govt forms SIT to probe Thangadh firing on Dalits


Surat: Four years after three Dalit youths were killed in a firing incident at Thangadh in Surendranagar district of Gujarat, the state government has decided to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the case.

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In September, 2012, three dalit youths were killed in police firing after two groups – dalits and bharwads – clashed at Thangadh over placing of stalls at a fair.

The probe was handed over to the CID Crime, but victim's family members have been demanding a CBI probe in the killings. Recently, the Gujarat government has been criticised for their inaction in the Una dalit flogging incident. The incident forced Anandiben Patel to resign from the Chief Ministerial post.

Meanwhile, on Sunday Dalit community and rights activists have planned a rally in Gandhinagar, demanding a CBI probe into the 2012 Thangadh police firing incident. The rally would be organised by Gujarat Anusuchit Jati Atyachar Sangharsh Samiti, in collaboration with NGO Navsarjan.

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