The Gujarat High Court on Friday ordered the state CID (crime) to investigate the custodial death of 32-year-old Patel youth, Shwetang Patel, and sought its progress report by Monday.
The postmortem report suggested that Shwetang died of shock and brain hemorrhage due to head injuries. The court also ordered to hand over the dead body to his parents for them to be able to perform last rites. The body was kept in the mortuary till the investigation was completed.
On Thursday, Prabhaben Patel, mother of Shwetang Patel had filed a petition alleging that her son died due to injuries inflicted by police on Tuesday night, when violence broke out following the detention of Hardik Patel. His mother said, “He was taken away by the police and kept in the lock up where he complaint of headache. The police took him to Shardaben Hospital where he was declared brought dead.” The death escalated tension in the Patel-dominated Bapunagar area.
Meanwhile, the division bench led by ACJ Patel while hearing a PIL filed by an NGO alleging police atrocities on public, came down heavily on the state government. The bench expressed its anguish over the manner in which the police tried to control the violence by resorting to brutal lathicharge on public, vandalizing their parked vehicles in societies and house breaks since August 25 night. “How do you justify breaking houses and damaging vehicles. How do you propose to justify it. The violence has calmed down and we hope it calms down further. Put your officers in order. The state should ensure safety of citizen. We want some reports on how you monitored the incidents,” ACJ Patel told.
(Also read: Hardik Patel is the ‘Hero of Gujarat’: Shiv Sena)