Okhla-based Forbesganj warriors seek justice for victims
OT, July 20, 2011 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
Many Civil/Human rights and social organizations activists who turned up at Bihar Bhawan, New Delhi, on July 19 to protest against Forbesganj police firing on June 3, 2011 in which four innocent villagers including a pregnant woman and six-month-old girl child were shot dead, demanded justice for the victims. The activists also sought a CBI inquiry into the incident that initially was dumped by the mainstream Bihar and national media. Addressing the gathering, Syed Akhlak Ahmad, convener of the People’s protest, also representing Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) said: “The Nitish Kumar government has taken no action against police officials, including S.P. Garima Malik, S.D.O. and S.H.O, involved in the firing. Three FIRs against 3,000 villagers are registered by the Forbesganj police under sections of 302, 307, 348, 27 of Arms Act etc. No FIR against the culprit police officials has been registered yet. The factory owner, who is close to Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, is influencing the case.”
Condemning Nitish government’s criminal silence over the incident, president, Students’ Islamic Organization of India (SIO) Md. Azharuddin said: “Displacing labourers and poor villagers in the name of development is not in the favour of Indian democracy.”
Intizar Naeem, asst. secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), said: “This anti-minority violence is not new for Bihar. Earlier, the state was witness to Bhagalpur riots and now Nitish government seems to be once again creating the communal atmosphere in the state.”
Naved Hamid, general secretary, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mashawarat (AIMMM) supported the demand for a CBI inquiry into the incident.
Social activist Jawed Iqbal Khan told OKHLA TIMES: “ tHE TThe The The Bihar government should take action against the culprits and pay compensation to the families of the victims.”
The protesters want the government to order a CBI enquiry; pay Rs. 10 lakh compensation to the kin of the dead and Rs two lakh each to the injured without any delay or discrimination; terminate/suspend all police personnel involved in the murder including SP, SDO, SHO; register FIRs against SP, SDO, SHO and all the police personnel involved in the brutal killing of villagers including a pregnant woman and six-year-old innocent girl; maintain the status of the road as it was before the murderous attack on the protesting villagers; withdrawal of all false FIRs against the villagers who were protesting for their democratic rights.
The representatives of the different organizations also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Bihar through residents’ commissioner of Bihar Bhawan in New Delhi, claimed a press release.
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