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IAS aspirant's family blames UP cops for Suleman's death in Anti-CAA stir

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 protest.

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 escape.

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.

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