RELATIVES of three Batley men killed during a holiday in India are suing the country's government and police.

Shakil Dawood, 36, his cousin, Saeed Dawood, 41, and friend Mohammed Aswat, also 41, died in February, 2002.

They were dragged from their vehicle after being caught in unrest between Hindus and Muslims in the state of Gujarat.

Senior public figures face accusations of failing to prevent the violence.

The civil claim for damages names 14 individuals and is unprecedented in Indian legal history.

Imran Khan, a British lawyer, is representing the family.

A fourth family member, Imran Mohammad, 18, survived.

The family is backed by Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood. He has demanded the killers be brought to justice.