19 July, Ahmedabad
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has ordered CID probe into the alleged assault on Dalits for allegedly killing a cow at Una last week.
Chief Minister also announced to set up a special court for speedy trial of the case. Terming the incident as “unfortunate”, Patel also ordered appointment of a special public prosecutor who will be required to submit the charge-sheet within sixty days.
In addition, Patel announced that the state government will bear all the medical expenses of the seven Dalit youths, who were injured in this incident and are undergoing treatment at various government hospitals in Una, Junagadh and Rajkot.
Rs. one lakh each has been given to the victims as compensation. According to the official release, so far nine persons have been arrested in the case and three policemen have been suspended for dereliction of duty.
Congress party leaders under the leadership of State Assembly opposition leader Shankarsinh Waghela will today approach governor of the state to look into the matter. Congress has demanded the inquiry of the incident by existing judge of the high court. Protest rallies are being held by Dalit Community leaders in various parts of the state.