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Demand for Justice for Forbesganj Police Firing Victims

BeyondHeadlines Staff Reporter

New Delhi: A joint-protest was held at Bihar Bhawan in the capital demanding swift justice for the victims of the Police firing in Forbesganj by some rights groups and Muslim organisations.

Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR), Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mashawarat (AIMMM) together organised the protest and demanded time bound CBI inquiry.

On June 3, the police had opened fire, allegedly on orders from SP Garima Mullick, on villagers who were protesting against the blockade of a road in Forbesganj block of Araria district in Bihar. In the police action, five innocent poor villagers, including one unborn baby, a woman and a six-month-old infant lost their lives.

Syed Akhlak Ahmad of APCR alleged, “Family connection of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi with the culprit factory owner is influencing the case and one of the reasons the State’s inaction.”

He further cautioned the Nitish Government from becoming “agents of saffron group and corporate imperialist.”

Md. Azharuddin, President of SIO, condemned the incident adding, “Displacing labourers and poor villagers in the name of development is not in the favour of Indian democracy.”

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) alleged that the incident was “anti-minority.” Intizar Naeem, assistant secretary of Jamaat said on the occasion, “Anti-Minority violence is not new for Bihar, earlier state has witnessed the Bhagalpur riots and now Nithish government seems to be once again creating the communal atmosphere in the state.”

The protesters further demanded:

  1. To order CBI enquiry of the whole episode;
  2. To pay Rs. 10 lakh compensation to the kin of the dead and Rs two lakh each to the injured without any delay or discrimination;
  3. To terminate/suspend all police personnel involved in the murder including SP, SDO, SHO;
  4. To 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;
  5. To maintain the status of the road as it was before the murderous attack on the protesting villagers;
  6. Quick withdrawal of all false FIRs against the villagers who were protesting for their democratic rights.

They also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Bihar through resident’s commissioner of Bihar Bhawan in New Delhi.

Judicial inquiry to the case has been ordered by the Bihar CM.

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