Muslims in Khambat in central Gujarat have approached the Gujarat High Court to transfer the investigation of the violence in Khambat to either the CID Crime or the CBI.
Last month, violence broke out in Khambat after stone pelting on a procession on Ram Navami. Shops were burnt and one person was killed. Cross complaints were registered in the case.
According to Anand Yagnik, lawyer of the petitioners, they have demanded various reliefs, including transferring the case either to CID Crime, comprising IPS cadre officers, or to the CBI. They approached the High Court on Monday.
They have also sought action against the police officer, who they maintain, did not perform his duty and arrest the perpetrators of the crime. They have also sought court’s direction to the state government to pay compensation to those who suffered loss of property and life.
Yagnik said that none of the petitioners are mentioned in the FIR and that they are the ones who have suffered losses due to the violence.
The petitioners have also observed in the petition that the statements given by the district superintendent of police and the district collector show religious bias and prejudice against the minorities.