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September 27, 2011

Gopalgarh massacre: Suspended Bharatpur Collector, SP booked for murder

Ten days after Mev Muslims were killed in a massacre in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district, the two suspended officers--District Magistrate (DM) Krishna Kunal and SP Hinglaj Dan have been booked for murder. 

The FIR against half-a-dozen persons including the two suspended officers was filed in the police station against them. 

District Magistrate and Collector Krishna Kunal, an IAS officer of Bihar cadre, has already been suspended. The role of Kunal and the Superintendent of Police (SP) Hinglaj Dan came under severe criticism. 

Contrary to the administration's claims, it was found that the victims died of bullet injuries. The gunshots were fired by the policemen. The claim that Mev Muslims had attacked police was also proved wrong as the mosque is located far from the police station and the marks of the blood and gore were found in the place of worship.

Apparently, there was no provocation from Mev Muslims but the administration under the influence of certain local Gujjar leaders, resorted to attack on Muslims. There were signs of armed policemen entering the mosque and targeting Muslims. 

As fact finding teams that reached Bharatpur, found evidences of police excesses, the Centre also sent a team of Congress leaders. Subsequent reports led to mounting pressure on the local administration. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot accepted that Meo Muslims were victims of the violence. 

The DM and SP had been shunted out. A judicial inquiry has been instituted and the case has been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). There is a strong demand to sack Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal for his failure to act and take moral responsibility for the horrific killings in Bharatpur.

TIH Bureau

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