As you know that, The family of the IAS-aspirant named ‘Suleman’, 20, who
was allegedly killed in police firing during the Anti-Citizenship Amendment
Act (CAA) protests December 20, has lodged a complaint against six policemen for
the same incident. Further, When violence erupted in the Nhatur village in Uttar
Pradesh's Bijnor district on Dec 20, Anas, 21, and Suleiman, were allegedly hit
by bullets fired by the police.
While the two were taken to a local hospital where Anas was declared dead on
arrival and Suleiman succumbed to his injuries during treatment. Later, the
Uttar Pradesh Police admitted that their bullets killed only Anas and not
Suleiman. However, Suleiman's family has now filed a complaint against the six
policemen alleging that he was shot by police bullets during the anti-CAA
The family alleged that he was returning home after ‘Friday prayers’ when he was
accosted by Station House Officer (SHO) named Rajesh Solanki, Bijnor in-charge
Ashish Tomar as well as some constables. The family claims that the policemen
dragged him to a lane where a constable, identified as Mohit, shot Suleiman at
the behest of other police officers, As per the complaint remarked.
The families claim the police intimidated them after the incident and warned
them not to speak to anyone about the incident. This incident was witnessed by
many people as well in the area who are apparently afraid to speak up against
the cops. Suleiman's family has also claimed that the police left him to die in
the lane and when the family took him to a local hospital, he was declared dead,
IANS news agency attributed.
After this, the police took the corpse for a post-mortem and then handed over
the body to the family on December 21. The police allegedly did not allow the
family to bury Suleiman's body in his native village Nhatur. He was preparing
for his civil services exam and had nothing to do with the anti-CAA protests.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Om Prakash Singh has
admitted that only one person has died in the police firing in the state.
The DGP said, not a single bullet was fired during the unrest, the Bijnor police
for the first time has admitted to have opened fire in self defence during the
protests. While Bijnor Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Tyagi told that, When
one of our constables moved ahead to take back the gun that was snatched away by
the protesters, a member of the crowd opened fire at him. He had a narrow
Suleman’s brother ‘Shoaib Malik’ told that, My brother had gone to offer namaaz.
He was returning home after the namaaz to eat something. He had fever for the
last couple of days. So he did not go to the mosque near our home. He went to
another mosque. When he stepped out, there was lathi-charge and tear-gassing by
the police. The police picked him up and shot at him,” attributed at IASmind.
Despite this, Bijnor was one of the districts in UP affected by violence during
a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act where protesters and the
security forces clashed. Consequently, The Yogi Adityanath government in UP has
already set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) that will probe cases of
violence during the recent protests against the CAA in the state.
Author, Trilok Singh, Currently Studies Masters in Mass Communication &
Journalism at International School of Media and Entertainment Studies, News 24
Campus. MA in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.
Currently, CEO at Youth Darpan Media, IASmind,& India s Journal. Forthcoming
Media House is Online Media 24.