Bodies found in VHP worker's car
CNN-IBN May 19, 2006
Vadodra (Gujrat): Dabhoi town of Vadodara district continued to be tense after bodies of two children were recovered from a car of a local VHP leader on Thursday.
The bodies were recovered from a car of VHP activist Jagdish Pankit. The recovered bodies bore burnt injury marks.
Pankit says he has no clue on how the bodies reached his car.
He claimed the vehicle had not been used for about four months.
The incident led to tension in the area. Vadodara was just trying to recover from the riots that took place only two weeks back.
The complaint regarding the disappearance of two children was lodged with the police two days ago.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police of Vadodara, Jabang Zamir said the situation is under control and no untoward incident has been reported.
(With agency inputs)
Gujarat-Dabhoi: Bodies of Two Boys Found in VHP Worker's Car
Agency report adds:
The two children, who had been missing for the last two days, were found dead in the car that was parked in an open public space in Dabhoi town. Taha Hussain was 5 years old and Salman was 7 and they were reported missing since May 16.
Dabhoi children funeral take place
Rohit Bhan, NDTV, Friday, May 19, 2006 (Dabhoi):
The funeral of two children found dead in a car has taken place in Gujarat attended by hundreds of mourners.
The decomposed bodies of Salman Sheikh,7, and Taha Belim,5, were found in the car of ayurveda doctor Jagdish Pankhi in Dabhoi, 30 kilometers from Vadodara.
The children went missing at a wedding on Tuesday. Findings of a post-mortem on the bodies have not been announced yet.
The children belong to middle-class families that live in homes side by side and their fathers run small shops.
Pankhi is the main suspect in the deaths and he is missing after he reported them to police – but he has not been named in the FIR.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has denied reports that Pankhi was its member.
The deaths sparked tension in Dabhoi and two companies of State Reserve Police force were deployed to stop any outbreak of communal violence.
Bodies of two Muslim children found from VHP leader's car in Gujarat
Ahmedabad, May 18 (IMI) Bodies of two Muslim children were found in a car in Gujarat's Vadodara district Thursday, police officials said.
Police said the matter came to light when a local Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) member informed about the bodies in his unused car in Dabhoi town, about 140 km from here.
According to police, the VHP member claimed that he had not used the car for two years.
The Muslim children, who had been missing for the last two days, were found dead in the car that was parked in an open public space in Dabhoi town. Taha Hussain was 5 years old and Salman was 7 and they were reported missing since 16th of May.
There were reports of stone pelting in the town following the discovery of the bodies, but the police denied it. A company of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) has been deployed in the town.
Vadodara last month witnessed communal skirmishes that claimed six lives after the demolition of a 300-year-old dargah.
Vadodara erupts again
Yashpal Parmar, DNA,Thursday, May 18, 2006
The discovery of two bodies in a VHP activist’s car leads to riots and police action.
VADODARA: Tensions mounted in the small town of Dabhoi in Vadodara district following recovery of two bodies of boys belonging to a minority community. They were found murdered in a car belong to VHP activist Jagdish Pankhi on Thursday. Police had to intensify vigilance, because angry residents took to the streets and resorted to stone pelting. Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the mobs. No untoward incidents were reported.
The two victims, Tahahusain Belim, 5, and Mustaq Sheikh, 7, went missing on Tuesday night after they had gone to watch a pre-marriage procession in Vakil Faliya area of Dabhoi, 30 kms from Vadodara.
When the children failed to return home, mother of Tahahusain, Mariam lodged a police complaint on Wednesday. The family members had looked for the boys to no avail. The family had enlisted help of astrologers in search of clues.
Incidentally, one victim's house was located on Vakil Faliya, a main road, while Pankhi's house was on the backside of another main road called Sheth Faliya.
Vadodara range IG Rakesh Asthana and district collector rushed to the spot while police removed the two bodies from Pankhi’s car. Talking to DNA, collector and district magistrate, Rajiv Topno, said, “A detailed police investigation will take place. The situation is under control.”
Meanwhile, reports from Dabhoi said Pankit had gone to the police station and informed them about the two bodies in his car.