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Protest demanding justice for Forbesganj

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New Delhi: A joint protest held at the Bihar Bhawan here on 19 July demanded swift justice for the innocent victims of the brutal Police firing in Forbesganj on 3 June, 2011 and to conduct a CBI inquiry into the incident. The protest was organised by several civil, h uman rights and social organisations.

Speaking on the status of the incident, Syed Akhlak Ahmad, representing the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) said, “all the culprit police officials, including S.P. Garima Malik, S.D.O. and S.H.O. of the area are roaming free and are still on duty. No action has been taken against them by Nitish Kumar’s Government in Bihar. Three FIRs against 3000 villagers have been registered by the Forbesganj police under sections 302, 307, 348, 27 of the Arms Act etc. But no FIR has been registered so far against the culprit police officials.  Family connections of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi with the culprit factory owner are influencing the case and this is one of the reasons for the state government’s inaction.”

He warned Nitish Government, “Don’t make a second ‘Gujarat’ in Bihar. He said, “instead of spending a large amount of public funds on media for promoting and publicizing his party and government, Nitish administration should spend on public welfare and civic amenities, on promoting justice and uplifting the lifestyle of  the public. Nitish should not act as an agent of the saffron parivar and corporate interests.”

Mohammad Azharuddin, President of the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), condemning Nitish government's criminal silence over the incident, said, “displacing labourers and poor villagers in the name of development is against the spirit of the Indian democracy.”

Intizar Naeem, Asstt. Secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) said, “this anti-Minority violence is not new for Bihar. Earlier, too, this state has witnessed the Bhagalpur riots and now Nitish government seems to be once again creating a communal atmosphere in the state.”     

Navaid Hamid, representing the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mashawarat (AIMMM) condemned the incident and supported the demand of CBI inquiry into the incident.
The protesters made the following demands:
  1. To order CBI enquiry into 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 of the innocent villagers, including the area SP, SDO and SHO;
  4. To register FIRs against SP, SDO, SHO and all the police personnel involved in the brutal killing of   the villagers including a pregnant woman and a six- month-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.
Representatives of the organisations taking part in the protest submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Bihar through the state’s resident commissioner in New Delhi.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2011 on page no. 17

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