Residents of Jaipur Demand Judicial Probe into Police Firing
Jaipur, Sep 9: Eminent personalities from various civil organizations have demanded a judicial probe into the Friday night police firing which claimed life of one civilian. They alleged that the police firing was unwarranted as the crowd was peacefully protesting outside the police station.
"We condemn the Sep 8 firing by Ramganj police station on a crowd of 400 people. We hold the Ramganj police fully responsible for the incident. If the police had immediately registered FIR of the injured couple, the crowd would not have assembled outside the police station," the civil leaders said in a joint statement on Saturday.
In the police firing, one person named Mohammad Rais alias Adil was killed.
They also demanded suspension of entire Ramganj police station and monetary compensation to the family of Rais.
Signatories to the joint statement include:
Kavita Srivastava (PUCL), Sumitra Chopra (CPI-M), Harkesh Bugalia (Kacchi Basti Federation), Nisha Sidhu (NFIW), Nishat Hussain (National Muslim Welfare Society), Pyare Lal (Dalit Soshit Mukti Manch), Nazimuddin (JIH), Komal Srivasta (Bharat Vigyan Samiti).
After midnight, following the violence, the police imposed curfew in four police station areas and suspended Internet services.
One of the vehicles set to fire by the crowd in Jaipur on 8 Sep 2017.
According to media reports, during a routine check-up police tried to stop a bike rider and when he did not stop, the police hit the pillion rider who was woman and police took the woman to the police station. As the news spread a huge crowd gathered at the police station to seek release of the woman.
The angry mob set to fire several vehicles stationed outside the police station.
Situation under control in curfew-bound areas
The situation in four police station areas of Jaipur, where curfew was imposed after violence erupted late in the night, has been brought under control, a police officer said on Saturday.
"No untoward incident has been reported from the areas where curfew was clamped on Friday night," the officer told IANS.
Earlier, Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal said curfew was "imposed till further orders in Manak Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Galta Gate and Ramganj following the violence in which a police station was attacked and vehicles burnt".
One person was killed and five policemen were injured.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred when a policeman tried to stop a motorcycle for routine checking in the Ramganj area.
The rider tried to escape but the policeman managed to hit the pillion rider, who was taken to a police station.
Hundreds of people gathered at the police station after the incident. The police tried to pacify them but failed.
There were also reports of stone pelting in some areas of the city and the police, as a preventive measure, had fired in the air to control the violent mob.
Internet services were also suspended.
--- With inputs from IANS