PUCL submits report on police firing on Adivasis

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Ahmedabad, Mar 1 (UNI) Members of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) today met Gujarat Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma to submit a detailed report on police firing on Adivasis at Vijaynagar in Sabarkantha on February 13.

PUCL General Secretary Gautam Thaker said the incident of police firing on Adivasis at Atarsumba village which had resulted in the death of two tribals was a matter of great concern.

He alleged it was clear cut violation of human rights and the Adivasis were living under fear following the incident.

Mr Thaker said that a six-member fact finding team from PUCL visited many places and interviewed the family members of the victims, eyewitness of the incident, people who were arrested and later released on bail and local leaders in this regard.

They told the Governor that the law and order situation in Gujarat had deteriorated and urged him to use his office to issue necessary advise to the Gujarat Government to take up the issue seriously.

Two tribals were killed when police had opened fire on a large crowd of armed Adivasi protesters, who had gathered near the Range Forest Officer's (RFO) office, at Atarsumba village in the drought-prone Sabarkantha district on February 13.

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