Hitesh Chavda, Gandhinagar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi has a notice to the Gir-Somnath district collector and superintendent of police demanding an action report in four weeks in regards to a Dalit-youth being burned to death in his car in Veraval. The NHRC, acting on a complaint by Dalit-rights activists Kantilal Parmar about inaction by the police on this incident which led to the death of the Dalit youth, served to notices to the top officials of the Gir-Somnath district demanding answers for their lax attitude over serious complaints made by the deceased before he was killed.
Bharat Gohil, 32 was burnt alive in his car on February 23 by some unknown people in Ambaliyara village of Veraval after an argument over some financial dealings. He was taken to Rajkot Civil Hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his burns after five days. The Dalit community from his village refused to accept his body until the people behind his murder are caught by the police. The family of Gohil accepted the body only after the police arrested the accused Devayat Ahir from Mumbai.
The complainant, Parmar alleges that Gohil had approached the police several times with complaints of a threat to his life, but the police had brushed aside his pleas and never took the matter seriously.
Parmar approached the commission with a complaint demanding inquiry and action against the police and the administration for the negligence and failure to protect the minority citizens from atrocities on them by the upper-class community members. The NHRC has also sent a copy of the notice to the state level body of the human rights commission and has asked them to keep the national body updated about the developments in the case regularly