Thangadh firing: Dalits demand justice
Over three years after three dalit youths were killed in police firing in Thangadh town, their kin and community are awaiting justice. Navsarjan Trust organized a sammelan in Surendranagar town on Monday to exhort the government for speedy trails in the case. Parents and relatives of the three young boys – Pankaj Sumra (16), Mehul Rathod (17) and Prakash Parmar (26) – were killed in police firing on September 22 and 23, 2012. Their deaths, just before the state assembly polls in 2012, had sent shock waves across the state and complaints were lodged against four police officials. Investigation was handed over to CID (Crime). However, dalits rights activists say that despite three FIRs being filed against policemen, chargesheet has been filed only in one case and one accused B C Solanki is yet to arrested.