7 arrested in dalit murder case in Ahmedabad
Published: Sunday, Feb 5, 2012, 10:57 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
After almost 10 days have elapsed since the murder of a dalit youth,
Atul Rathod at Rethal village in Sanand taluka, Sanand police finally
managed to lay its hands on the accused responsible for killing the
youth. The police arrested eight people involved in the scuffle that
resulted in Rathod's death.
Police arrested all people from Viramgam on Friday and produced them
in court. They have been taken in police remand till February 9. The
police sources said that the cops were on their trail for past few
The police arrested Bharat Dodia, Jabbar Dodia, Balsang Dodia, Jasu
Dodia, Dheru Dodia, Raya Dodia and Suresh Solanki. Police sources also
said that the accused are been taken in police custody to confiscate
weapons, including the one used in the murder.
Talking to DNA, the investigating officer RC Pathak said that we need
to recover even the clothes that the accused were wearing in order to
prove the case. The police had earlier, arrested one person in
connection with the murder case.
Sanand police had come under severe criticism for faulty investigation
in the case and not reacting timely. The dalits of the area, however,
are still not satisfied with the police investigation. A source close
to the development said that cops have acted irresponsibly while
arresting the accused and were not able to arrest them earlier
immediately after the murder.
Atul Rathod was killed in a scuffle between Rajputs and dalits in the
Rethal village, when a group of Rajputs attacked dalits. The reason of
the scuffle is believed to be an old complaint under atrocity act
filed against the Rajputs by a dalit. Rathod was killed when the
dalits were attacked in connection to the old complaint.
However, despite agitations by dalits the police did not react. In
order to make cops react they placed Rathod's body in the police
station for a day.
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