CBI probe of Forbesganj firing: Nitish Govt. ignores SC notice

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Patna: The Supreme Court on 10th October 2011 had issued notice to Bihar Government seeking its reply within six weeks to a petition that had demanded CBI probe into the June 3 police firing in Forbesganj of Araria district. The deadline has expired but the apex court has not received any reply from Nitish Kumar-led JDU-BJP combine government.

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Delhi-based Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) had filed criminal writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking CBI probe into the firing and punishment to the guilty police officers. The court heard the petition and issued notice to Bihar government on 10th Oct. It seems the state government has ignored the notice.

Reacting on the state government’s attitude, Mr. Nayyar Fatmi, Convenor, Forbesganj Police Firing Action Committee, said: Ignoring SC notice makes it clear that the state govt wants to protect those officers who showed such brutality that can make the humanity ashamed.

Four villagers including a pregnant woman and a six-month infant were killed in police firing in the Muslim-dominated Bhajanpur village of Forbesganj block. The villagers were protesting against blockade of their lone approach road to the town, hospital and worship places. The state government did not take any action against any police officer, nor did it announce compensation for the victims.

However, the Nitish government constituted a one-member judicial commission to probe the incident, but so far the government has not been much serious for the truth to come out and victims get justice.

The state cabinet constituted the commission on 8th June but even five months later the commission has not got any funds from the state government to function.

Mr Fatmi informed that till the end of this past November the state govt did not provide any fund to the commission.
“The state cabinet on 8th June had decided to set up the commission seeking report within six months. On coming 8th December, six months will be completed, but leave alone the report, the commission has not got funds. That’s why the Forbesganj Police Firing Action Committee reiterates its demand of CBI probe into the firing,” said Mr Fatmi.

He informed that his committee has worked hard to ensure that victim families submit their affidavit with the commission on 25th Nov. The committee prepared 46-page report with two CDs and APCR Bihar unit submitted it with the commission. Others who submitted the affidavit are PUCL, NAPM, Bihar Momin Conference and Jamaat-e-Islami Bihar.