Friday, December 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Opp. for probe into dalit killing

Opp. for probe into dalit killing

December 30, 2011

An alleged "fake" encounter of a dalit youth in Bihar by the Special
Task Force on suspicion of his being an active Maoist sympathiser has
led the Opposition parties to seek a CBI probe and adequate
compensations to the slain 20-year-old's poor family.

Pancham Paswan, who reportedly came from Chennai to visit his family
in Navadiha village in Gaya district a month ago, was allegedly shot
dead by policemen outside his thatched hut on December 23 evening. The
Opposition RJD and the Congress have insisted that the youth was
innocent and that his murder illustrated the persecution of Bihar's
disadvantaged social sections by the JD(U)-BJP government.
Talking about his only son's unfortunate death, Ramdev Paswan, 70,
told this newspaper: "He had been working at Lakshmi Hardware Shop in
Chennai for four years and came home on November 23. He was brutally
shot dead by a group of policemen who accused him of having given food
to the Maoists."
When Pancham and his wife Julie Devi slept along with their
two-month-old daughter after dinner, some armed policemen jumped into
their hut by breaking open its thatched roof and asked them to reveal
the whereabouts of the Maoists. "They insisted we had given a dinner
with fish dish to some Maoists. When we denied, they dragged my
husband outside and one of them shot him dead," said Julie, weeping,
her baby daughter sleeping in her arms.
Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui, who introduced journalists to
the grieving family, said: "This case is clearly another example of
the state government's persecution of the deprived sections of
society. This fake encounter must be probed by the CBI and his family
must be compensated and early for losing its innocent son to the
police bullets."
Julie Devi wrote to the Bihar Human Rights Commission on Wednesday for
a probe into the alleged murder. The Congress said it would submit
petitions to Bihar governor Devanand Konwar and CM Nitish Kumar to
order a CBI probe.


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