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Loopholes galore in fake ‘encounter’ story
DEHRADUN/NEW DELHI, JUL 6 (AGENCIES)
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Published on 7 Jul. 2009 12:12 AM IST
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:There are several loopholes in the story being given by the Dehradun police on the encounter of 24 year old Ranbir Singh that need to be answered. To begin with who were the two boys that were accompanying Ranbir Singh at the time they were intercepted by the police. Their whereabouts are not known till now. Secondly, if Ranbir Singh had been trapped along with the motorcycle on which the three were trying to flee, how come the remaining two managed to flee on foot and that too when they were hit by bullets as was claimed by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amit Sinha before he was attacked to the Police Headquarters. Sinha had gone on to tell the media persons that an alert has been sounded off in all the medical establishments regarding the two injured boys. Narender Singh who is a retired senior police official having worked in Crime Branch of Uttar Pradesh police and had himself been a part of several encounters with criminals, told The Indian Express, “From the evidence that has been reported till now, it seems to be a very hasty action on the part of the police. They could have got everything from him by arresting and then interrogating him. Arrest is always the best when it comes to tackling crime.” CBI probe likely Amid an uproar over the gunning down of an MBA graduate by Uttarakhand police in an alleged fake encounter, Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank is likely to recommend a CBI probe into the killing. The announcement of a CBI probe into the killing of 22-year-old Ranbir Singh from Ghaziabad in an encounter with police in Dehradun on Friday may come in a day or two from the Chief Minister, who had earlier handed over the case to CB-CID, official sources said on Monday. Besides the main opposition Congress, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), the ruling BJP leaders and human rights activists have supported the demand of Singh's family for a CBI probe into the killing after the autopsy report revealed that he was shot from close range and injury marks showed that he may have been tortured. BJP president Rajnath Singh, who is also an MP from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, is understood to have spoken to Nishank over telephone over the issue and asked him to sympathetically consider the demand for a CBI probe. Facing mounting pressure from various quarters, Nishank on Sunday night held a high-level meeting with top administrative and police officials over the issue and later announced the removal of Dehradun SSP Amit Sinha from the post. Seven policemen including, Sub-Inspector G D Bhatt, involved in the encounter, have been sent to police lines.RLD Chief Ajit Singh had demanded a probe by central agency into the incident claiming that policemen "misused their power by killing an innocent youth". Cong condemns The Congress today condemned the killing of an MBA graduate Ranbir Singh at the hands of Uttarakhand police and called for concrete and robust action against those involved in the incident. "It reflects brutalisation of democracy, something which is and should be an anathema to democracy. We call for an immediate short enquiry and robust action," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said. "A full-fledged comprehensive enquiry is the starting point, bare minimum that has to begin...," he added. Death of the 22-year-old Ghaziabad youth, in what police termed as an encounter in Uttarakhand, had sparked a row after the post-mortem report showed that his body bore injury marks of 12 bullets, fired from close range and 27 other injuries suggesting he may have been tortured. To a question comparing the Congress approach to the Uttarakhand 'encounter' with that of the Batla House encounter in Delhi last year, Singhvi said, "I completely deny any similarity between the two". He said in the Batla House incident, there was not even the remotest proof that it was staged and there was no basis of any allegations (of wrong doing by the police).

 
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