The CID (crime) has finally arrested three policemen accused of killing three dalits at Thangad town in Surendranagar district. According to officials, the arrests were made after sub-inspector KP Jadeja, along with two constables - Nathubha Zala and Yogeshdan Ghadvi - surrendered on Saturday.
“We have arrested them and the three will be produced in a court in Surendranagar district,” said Anil Pratham, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) of CID (crime). The officials would seek time to interrogate the cops, added Pratham.
After quizzing the accused, the agency might reveal the details of their whereabouts. The cops have• the run since the death of three dalits - including a minor - Mehul Rathod, Pankaj Sumra and Prakash Parmar.
The case was earlier handled by the local police. It was transferred to CID on the request of the victims’ kin. The CID (crime) had formed three teams led by inspectors to trace the accused.
Under the supervision of RV Jotangiya, also the DIG of CID (crime), murder complaints were registered against the three policemen.
The Surendranagar police had earlier filed two counter complaints, alleging that the crowd had tried to kill the police officers on duty.
An affidavit filed later by the police in a Surendranagar court said that among the weapons used by the police during the firing on September 23 was an AK-47 assault rifle. The police had opened fire following violent clashes involving dalit and Bharwad (shepherd) community members.
Their deaths in September last year had led to massive protests. Around 3,000 persons were detained by the police across the state in October during the ‘jail bharo andolan’ organised by the Congress and other political parties, held to protest inaction in the case.