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Chargesheet filed by CBI in Gopalgarh firing case

CBI has filed chargesheets against 15 people from the Meo Muslim and Gujjar communities for violence that killed 10 people in Gopalgarh on 14 September last year. Ten persons belonging to the Meo Muslim community were killed in clashes and police firing at Gopalgarh in a dispute over a piece of land. CBI has filed chargesheets in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on 6 March. So far the CBI has not implicated any police officer or any public representative. According to the chargesheet 15 people from Gopalgarh and its adjoining area have been charged under Section 302 (murder), 307(attempt to murder), Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter  a public servant from discharging his duties). However, an independent probe by civil rights groups including ANHAD concluded in its findings that the police deployed to control the violence joined other groups against Muslims. As per the preliminary reports of the fact finding team of the PUCL, there was no death before the police intervened and most of the deaths took place inside the mosque and on the basis of it one can draw the conclusion that the police targeted one community. Of the total 15 accused, arrested by the CBI, 10 are from Hindu community and five from Meo Muslims. Notably, charges under section 302 were not slapped on the Meo accused. CBI has outlined three possibilities that led to the violence between the two communities and they are: 1. Heated altercation between Gujjar and Meo youths over the repairing of a mobile phone off 2. Dispute over a piece of land. 3. Alleged assault on the Imam of the area.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2012 on page no. 3

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