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Forbesganj Firing: Video shows Home Guard jumping on victim's body

Saturday June 11, 2011 10:52:44 PM, Jitendra

Md Mustafa Ansari was injured in the firing and later died.

(Video grab)

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Patna: The family members of victims of police firing at Forbesganj of Arariya district, 400 km away from capital, cried for justice at a press conference held at SCARDA Press Hall by eminent social activists and film maker Mahesh Bhatt.

Two minutes visual of victims was run while commencing the press conference, which was signature evidence of police brutality. An emotional visual showed how a Home Guard Jawan, Sunil Kr Yadav, was jumping over unconscious Md Mustafa Ansari’s body, a victim who later died.


The footage of dead bodies of other victims like Md Mukhtar Ansari, Shazmin Khatoon, and 7 yrs old Naushad Ansari was also shown.
Few of the injured persons were also present during conference, Taheena Khatoon (27), Raees Ansari (25), Manzoor, Ikram (8), Talimum Ansari(12), Abadul Haque (40), Salamat Ansari(15) Juaish (10) and Mujahid Ansari (22) were among the victims.

Talking to the families of victims and villagers, Feroz, 38 and Md Mustaq 36, who were also eye witnesses, recounted the horrible tale. They said it was the scene likely to happen at border itself.


"On 2nd June, 2011, we reached an agreement in which company owner was suppose to provide an alternative passageway before blocking our age old path", says Md Mustaq.


He further added, "In the very night, a concrete wall was erected, and it created ripple among villagers. We all villagers brought down the wall around 3 pm on following day. Few villagers set ablaze a company jeep".

When asked was the Police mute spectator during these entire wildernesses? Feroz answers, "We villagers were returning after conducting Friday prayers. At that time we decided to bring down the concrete wall. The number of policemen present was less than a dozen at that point of time. After getting reinforcement of seven jeeps, police started acting. Initially; they fired in air, later, indiscriminately".

Police and protesting villagers confronted each other. Villagers were prepared to challenge administration against forcible land acquisition. This acquisition, also, violates the 2nd June agreement done between villagers and company.


Jamshed, another villager, a teacher at Govt School, said, "Police could avoid such unfortunate incident. Instead, they responded iron handedly".


A villager alleged that their lands were acquired in 1987, and were inadequately compensated. In 1984, Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) acquired 105 acres of land. The compensation offered in 1988 was meager, reports claim.

Meanwhile, land which lies between the two villages Bhajanpur and Rampur, including the road was given to a company Auro Sundaram International Company by BIADA to set up manufacturing of starch from Maize. One of the directors of the company was Saurabh agarwal, son of the BJP MLC Ashok Agarwal.

Garima Mallick, Superintendent of Police, Arariya, speaking over phone, reiterated her earlier statement that police acted after crowd went on rampage and made firing over police. "There were firings from angry mob that led us to counter them with guns", she added.

Film Maker, Mahesh Bhatt avoided to take dig at Nitish Kumar. Bhatt said "He will meet CM Nitish Kumar and convey him the police excesses. If he doesn’t act then I will criticize him publicly."


Shabnam Hashmi, Delhi based human rights activist, viewed this incident through the angle of communalism. Arshad Ajmal, Patna based social activist was also present.

CM Nitish Kumar had already ordered for judicial enquiry of this firing and had apparently silenced the opposition clamoring for the same. There were no compensation announced yet to the victims and their families.





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