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Gujarat Dalit activist immolation: CM Rupani forms SIT to probe death 

Demanding allocation of land to a Dalit family from Dudkha village in Patan district, he allegedly set himself on fire outside the Patan Collector's office on February 15.

Published: 23rd February 2018 12:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2018 12:11 AM   |  A+A-

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani (File|PTI)

By PTI

GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government today formed a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar, who allegedly set himself on fire outside the Patan Collector's office on February 15.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had decided to set up an SIT which would be headed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Narsimha Komar, said Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja.

Other members of the SIT would be retired additional secretary Kirit Adhvaryu and IPS officer Makrand Chauhan, Jadeja said.

The SIT will submit its report after a thorough probe by March 31, he said.

Vankar (62), was associated with the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch.

Demanding allocation of land to a Dalit family from Dudkha village in Patan district, he allegedly set himself on fire outside the Patan Collector's office on February 15.

Vankar had alleged earlier that authorities were not heeding the family's just demand for several years.

He died at a private hospital in Ahmedabad the next day.

The death triggered violent protests in several parts of state, including Ahmedabad.

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