Demanding a probe into the police firing by Special Investigation
Team (SIT) and adequate
compensation for those killed, Dhule riot victims on Monday filed
a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Supreme Court.
The PIL which is jointly filed by
Mohammad G. Naseer, father of the deceased Asim Ahmad (24), Asif
Ali, elder brother of deceased Imran Ali (23) years and ANHAD has
also demanded action against the police personnel and government.
“The PIL is seeking a direction from this Court for establishment
of an SIT investigate this incident in respect of the facts set
out in the petition and prosecute the criminal offenders including
police personnel and government officials in accordance with law”,
they said in their application filed in the Supreme Court.
“The PIL is also seeking to pass an order directing the respondent
to immediately pay Rs. 25 lakhs to the next of the kin of the
deceased, Rs. 15 lakhs to those disabled, Rs. 10 Lakhs to those
injured with Police Bullets and suitable compensation to those
whose houses, shops were burnt, looted and destroyed”, the
petitioners said in their petition filed under Article 32 of the
Constitution of India.
In support of the PIL, the
petitioners have annexed a citizen’s fact finding report which was
released by ANHAD on January 14, 2013.
The fact finding committee consisted
of Shabnam Hashmi from ANHAD, one of the Petitioner organization,
Prof. Ram Punyani of the All India Secular Forum, Prof.
Apoorvanand of Delhi University, Advocate Nihalsing B. Rathore and
The petitioners alleged that the
police was involved in looting and arson, and firing with an
intention to kill. They also alleged that the police were refusing
to register the FIRs and were instead filing cases against Muslim
Six people were killed and more than
40 others were injured when the police opened fire after communal
violence broke out on January 06 in the North Maharashtra city.
All those killed and more than 90% of the people injured in the
police firing are Muslims.