Surat police on Thursday suspended two constables attached to Umra police station for allegedly detaining and attacking six Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) leaders for organizing a Garba event at Veer Narmad Dakshin. and transferred an Inspector and Sub-Inspector. Gujarat University (VNSGU) 11 October.
The transfers and suspensions came a day after Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi said a departmental inquiry would be completed within 24 hours and action would be taken against the guilty.
Inspector KI Modi and sub-inspector Bipin Parmar were transferred to the Surat city special branch, while two of the four constables were reportedly involved in the incident – Ishudan Gadhvi and Dharmendra Giri – was suspended after a departmental inquiry.
KF Balolia, the deputy commissioner of police who investigated, told this newspaper, ‘Action has been started on the basis of our inquiry. Modi and Parmar were found guilty of negligence and the suspended constables were found guilty of indiscipline. The suspensions are not time bound.” Balolia said that no FIR has been registered in the matter.
Hours before the police crackdown on Thursday, the ABVP staged protests across Surat, demanding suspension of the policemen involved in the alleged attack on students. ABVP members stopped classes in nine colleges across the city and also blocked roads leading to the colleges, demanding immediate action, as was assured.
Sanghvi said in a statement on Wednesday.
After the 14-hour ultimatum given by the organization ended on Wednesday, ABVP workers protested demanding action. He had also cited Sanghvi’s assurance that the police would complete the investigation within 24 hours by Thursday and initiate appropriate action against the police officials of Umra police station, who were found guilty of involvement in the attack.
The incident happened during a garba event on the premises of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) in Surat on October 11, when police detained ABVP leaders from the venue claiming that permission was not taken for the event and Covid Protocol was not followed.
The ABVP had demanded the suspension of Inspector Kiran Modi, Sub-Inspector Bipin Parmar and constable Ishu Gadhvi, along with others from Umra police station, for the alleged attack on student leaders at the police station.
On Thursday, Surat police chased away ABVP workers from various colleges and took some into preventive custody. ABVP workers blocked traffic and raised slogans against the alleged police brutality. The activists also gheraoed the Umra police station on Thursday and forcibly closed the Citizen College of Udhna. Roads leading to the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU), where the attack reportedly took place on Monday, remained blocked on Thursday afternoon.
On Wednesday too, the ABVP held protests in eight universities across the state.