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Forbesganj firing: agitation repeats demand for justice

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Patna: It has been six months since the Bhajanpur [Forbesganj block] Police firing, which killed four Muslims including a pregnant woman and an infant; but nothing noteworthy has been seen toward justice for the victims. The villagers so organized an agitation in Bhajanpur on 30th Dec.2011 demanding justice to the victims and punishment to the guilty police officials

“The Nitish Kumar led Bihar Government is denying CBI enquiry into the killings because it fears that such an enquiry will not only bring the truth behind the firing but also expose the corruption in Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA)” alleged Dr. Shakeel Ahmad, National Spokesperson of Congress Party, while addressing the protestors.

He said that the state government ignored the notice by Supreme Court regarding CBI inquiry which was issued after hearing a PIL.

He questioned the secular credibility of the Nitish Kumar by asking “On one hand, he refused to share dais with Narendra Modi and on the other hand he runs the government with Sushil Kumar Modi” he added.

Dr. Ahmad assured the victims that he and his party will be fighting until justice is delivered to them.

On June 3, 2011, four members of the Muslim community were brutally killed by Police in Bhajanpur village under Forbesganj block in Araria district of Bihar while they were protesting against blockade of their road by a company named Auro Sundaram International Private Limited.

Notably, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi was blamed that Bhajanpur Police firing was done on his direction as he has close relationship with BJP MLC Ashok Kumar Agrawal whose son Saurabh Kumar is a member of the board of directors of Auro Sundaram International Private Limited.

Criticizing Bihar Government, Congress leader and organizer of the protest, Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan said: “”When a non-Muslim businessman is killed here, the Police inspector is suspended but the killer of Muslims is given promotion. SP Garima Malik who ordered the Bhajanpur firing was made senior SP of Darbhanga instead of being suspended.”

He said that judicial inquiry into the incident is only a formality. “The inquiry commission is yet to take any important step but the victims have been terrorized in several ways” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, local MLA Afaq Alam alleged that Bihar Government is working on the direction of communal forces and Forbesganj firing has been an example for that.

On the occasion, several other people also put their views and expressed their feelings. The victims also narrated their horrible stories. Each of those victim’s families were given Rs. 25000/ by a well-wisher.

Courtesy: TCN

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