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19 September 2011

Punish police officers responsible for firing against Muslims in Bharatpur: PFI

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Popular Front of India (PFI) has called the recent incident of Police firing on Muslims in Gopalgarh in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan as a barbarous act which proves the bias attitude of Police towards the Muslims.

K. M. Shareef, General Secretary of PFI, in a press release said that the initial reports and findings of various organizations have made it clear that it was the Police who made the situation more volatile by intervening and using force against the Muslims. The land issue which was supposed to be resolved by the local panchayat was disturbed by the Police.

"The incident of Bharatpur should not be viewed as a single incident rather it is a continuation of incidents that have happened in the past. Police bias against the Muslims is not a new phenomenon in India as recently we have seen incident of Police firing on innocent Muslims at Forbesganj, in Bihar. Such repeated incidents are very alarming and it proves the communal attitude of the Police department. Though several reports had indicted police officers for atrocities against Muslims but the Police have always managed to escape from any action", the release stated.

The Popular front strongly condemned the killing of innocent Muslims by police firing and ardently demanded that the Rajasthan Government should take stern action against the concerned police officers.

Mr. Shareef said that as the violence is still continuing in Bharatpur and spreading to other places this has proved the inefficiency of the State government to handle the situation.

"We urge the Central Government to immediately intervene and take all necessary steps to curb violence and provide peace and security to the people of Bharatpur. We also demand that the Central Government should ensure that Muslims of Bharatpur be given justice", the release added.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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