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CBI Probe Into Gir Somnath Dalit Assault Case

July 19, 2016
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AHMEDABAD: following the incident in Una in which a Dalit family being assaulted for allegedly skinning a dead cow in the Gir Somnath district, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the matter.

The Chief Minister called for a selected court to be set in discussion with the High Court for quick trial in the issue.

She also asked for a Special Public Prosecutor to take up the case, adding that the probing officer has to submit the charge sheet to the court in 60 days.

The Chief Minister also assured that the Gujarat government would bear all the medical expenses of the victims.

Previously, on July 11, few people were removing the skin from the carcass of a cow at Bediya village of Gir Somnath. Five persons came in a Xylo car and asked them why they were slaughtering the cow.

The people replied that they were removing the skin from the cow’s carcass.

The asking people were not satisfied with the answer and the men instantaneously started abusing and beating them with lathi’s, an iron pipe and an aluminium strip etc.

A case was registered under the Una Police Station on the same day under Sections 307, 323, 324, 395 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code, Gujarat Police Act Section 135, Section 3 (2) (v)-Prevention of Atrocities Act against six persons by Vasarambhai Balubhai Sarvaiya of Mota Samdiyala village of Una taluka of Gir Somnath district.

Including the District Collector, the district officials had visited the hospital and met the victims and are at present supervising all required action.

As many as seven persons were undergoing treatment. Three were undergoing treatment in Junagadh Hospital and four in Una Civil Hospital. Three of the persons admitted to Una Civil Hospital have since been referred from Una to Rajkot Civil Hospital and one patient has been discharged.

As of date, two persons are in hospital, still undergoing treatment.

Parliamentary Secretary Jethabhai Solanki visited the victims earlier on July 12, while former Congress MLA from Somnath Assembly Jashabhai Barad visited the patients and met the family members.

A reward of Rs. one lakh was paid on the basis of registration of offence earlier on July 14.

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