Residents of Dalit colony say rioters instigated APSP firing
(The Hindu 03.05.2009/Sudipto Mondal/ Click on the image for full story)
Residents of the colony were quick to point out that the APSP team had no option but to open fire. “The APSP fired thrice in the air to disperse the crowd. But when the stone-pelting did not stop, they began firing at the rioters”
At 3.30 p.m. on Friday, a crowd of over 2,000 persons surrounded two buses in which the APSP was travelling. This was near a small playground just outside the Ashok Nagar Dalit colony. The policemen tried to get off the bus but the mob began pelting stones at them. The policemen took positions inside the buses and pointed their guns at the mob. Yet, the stone-pelting did not stop. A policeman fired three shots in the air to ward off the crowd that began advancing. A few more shots were fired at the mob; this time aimed at their legs. Udaya (28), was hit by two bullets on his leg. The rioters ran across the playground towards the Dalit colony and took shelter behind compound walls and houses. From there they once again began to pelt stones at the police. This diverted the firing towards the colony. Aithappa who was out in the open dashed for safety. A bullet hit him on his ribcage.Encouragement: Mr. Ravi and Mr. Chonkra said that if the rioters had just left the place none of this would have happened. “They were also being encouraged by leaders of a certain organisation,” Mr. Chonkra said. Mr. Ravi said that these “leaders” also tried to involve the Dalits in the rioting. “But we refused,” he said.
Police version: Confirming the sequence of events, Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao added that the trouble first began at another playground (100 metres away from the spot of firing) where some youth were playing cricket. The APSP team, which was in plainclothes, was resting at the playground.
One of the fielders dashed into a few of the resting policemen. This led to an argument and the youth and their leaders began assaulting the policemen. Hearing the commotion, the other APSP personnel came to the rescue of their colleagues and assaulted the cricketers, the SP said.
According to one of the cricketers, the beating lasted for nearly half an hour. By the time the APSP team decided to leave, a huge crowd had gathered. The crowd managed to stop the bus in front of the Ashok Nagar Dalit colony.
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