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FIR against 7 cops in custodial death

Surat: Police personnel in action as Patel community supporters go on rampage in Surat on Wednesday. Patel community is agitating for OBC status. PTI Photo (PTI8_26_2015_000172B)   | Photo Credit: PTI

Ahmedabad police on Saturday lodged an FIR naming seven police men including two Inspectors of Bapunagar police station and others in the alleged custodial death of Shwetang Patel.

The Gujarat High Court on Friday had directed a CID (crime) probe while asking the police to register an FIR of Prabhaben, deceased’s mother, who approached it.

“The FIR has been lodged as per the High Court direction and the case has been handed over to the CID (crime) which has been mandated to probe the incident,” said a police official.

According to Prabhaben, Shwetang was picked from his residence in Bapunagar area along with four others and at police station, he was beaten up severely causing serious injuries in brain leading to his death.

However, the police maintained that Shwetang was involved in stone pelting and arson but did not clarify how he died.

Top developments:

1 “As no violence was reported in the state, curfew has been lifted from all the parts of the State, where it was clamped on August 25,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), P.P. Pandey told PTI.
2 In Ahmedabad, curfew has been lifted from all the nine police station areas as the situation remained completely peaceful for around two days, officials said.
3 Heavy deployment of paramilitary forces continued in all the areas hit by violence that had began from August 25 after Hardik Patel was detained by the city police.
4 The Gujarat High Court on Friday told the State government that restoration of peace should be on high priority.
5 The State government submitted that it proposes to take action action against the errant officers. The court then directed the state to report to the court what action it plans to take on September 3, next date of hearing.
6 Hardik Patel threatened to intensify the agitation and decided to rope in Gujjars for support.
7 “I am heading towards Delhi to meet the leaders of the Gurjar agitation to take their help to intensify our agitation in Gujarat,” Hardik Patel said.
8 The 22-year-old said his sole objective is the inclusion of Patel community in the OBC category and not the abolition of the quota system but ruled out negotiations on the issue.
9 Hardik Patel has warned the BJP that “lotus would not bloom” in the next Assembly elections if their demand is not met.
10 BJP president Amit Shah will be in Ahmedabad on Saturday for the first time after the big rally held by those agitating for Patidar reservation and the police crackdown which led to the death of 10 people.

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