The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the Gujarat government and Amreli district collector over the murder of a Dalit youth in the district by three youths. The NHRC has given the authorities a deadline of four weeks.
Mahesh Zala, a 30-year-old Dalit, was murdered on the midnight of October 1 this year by his friends. When police failed to nab the culprits, the deceased’s family members held a fast outside the Collector’s Office for fifteen days. The alleged offenders were nabbed from Pandesary in Surat on November 29.
Due to police’s lacklustre approach, Dalit activist Kanti Parmar had written a letter to the NHRC and national SC/ST Commission to bring justice, give compensation and rehabilitate family members as per the Atrocities Act, 1989.
“The NHRC has issued notices following my application to bring justice to the Dalit family,” Parmar told Mirror.
Police say the murder happened due to infighting among friends over a petty issue. “The youths were friends and Zala was killed over some petty issue. There is no caste issue involved. All the three accused have been arrested,” said BM Desai, in-charge Superintendent of Police, Amreli. He said, “We will send the report to NHRC within the given time.”
Accused Chirag Thaker, Ranjit Mori and Vanraj Dhandhal are in jail at present.