Guj HC drops DySP from probe into boycott of 6 Dalit families in Mehsana
A division bench of the Gujarat High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav has shunted out deputy superintendent of police (DySP) JR Waghela from the probe of social boycott of six Dalit families of Nandoli village in Kheralu taluka of Mehsana district.
The bench directed District Superintendent of Police (DSP) and District Collector of Mehsana to look into the case. It also asked Anand Yagnik, advocate for the petitioners, to submit a report. The HC was hearing a plea filed by Babu Shenma, one of the members of the victim families, and others alleging police inaction in the case.
“DySP (SC & ST Cell) is directed not to inquire into subject matter and the District Collector, Mehsana and District Superintendent of Police, Mehsana, both are directed to submit joint report after a preliminary survey/report is submitted by AJ Yagnik, counsel appearing for the petitioners about whereabouts and willingness on the part of the affected members of the SC & ST Community of village Nandali, District Mehsana,” the court order stated.
The incident took place in 2017, when six Dalit families were boycotted by members of upper castes because of old rivalry and a petty dispute. The village had just six Dalit families. Three of them migrated to the nearby village. Later, two families returned after the top officials intervened.
“After much reluctance the police registered a complaint last year. The DySP submitted this during the previous hearing when the HC sought action taken report. The report had statements of upper caste families while victims were not approached,” said Bhavyaraj, a lawyer associated with the case.
He said, “We had raised the issue of shoddy probe. Looking into it, the bench had removed the officer from the probe and handed it over to DSP and District Collector.”
The issue was raised before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which had visited the place. According to details, the families were reportedly not allowed to purchase even daily essentials during the boycott. Babu Shenma was the sarpanch of the village between 2002 and 2007.
Courtesy : Ahmedabad Mirror