Bijnor: The family of the 20-year-old Suleiman, killed during the anti Citizenship Amendment Act protests in Bijnor, have filed a complaint against 6 policemen who shot him during the ongoing unrest in Uttar Pradesh. Suleiman’s family said that he was preparing for his civil service entrance exams and had nothing to do with the protests.
On December 20, when violence erupted in Bijnor’s Nahtaur village, it left two dead (Anas and Suleiman) in a confrontation between police and protesters. Anas was declared dead on arrival to the hospital while Suleiman succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
The Uttar Pradesh Police later admitted that their bullet only killed Anas and not Suleiman. Suleiman’s family alleged that he was returning home from the Friday prayers when he was stopped by SHO Rajesh Solanki, Bijnor in-charge Aashish Tomar as well as some constables. The complaint claims that the incident occurred in a lane where a constable identified as Mohit shot Suleiman, which was witnessed by many people in the area who are now afraid to speak up against the UP police.
Confirming 19 deaths in the CAA stir, UP DGP OP Singh added, “We have confirmed that there was one incident in Bijnor where a constable fired upon a group of agitators in a right to private defence. He was fired upon by one of the agitators. He got shot in his stomach. Then he fired back in self-defence. Apart from that, 19 people have died. Till then, we had not ordered any firing.”