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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

Govt yet to launch magisterial inquiry into biker’s death

Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 03, 2013
First Published: 23:21 IST(3/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:23 IST(3/8/2013)

Even as the family of 19-year-old Karan Pandey, who was shot dead during police action on ‘stunt bikers’, has pinned its hope of getting justice on the magisterial inquiry, the Delhi government is yet to conduct it.

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According to government officials, the formal order to conduct an inquiry to find out the circumstances under which the policeman had fired, has not been circulated yet. “We have not received any formal order for conducting the inquiry. We will start it after getting the orders,” said Dharam Pal, divisional commissioner, Delhi government.

Family members of the victim are unhappy with the way the government and the police have been dealing with the case.

“We haven’t got the post-mortem report so far. No one has approached us or any of our family members for the inquiry. How can they say my son was pelting stones before any independent inquiry? When we met the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), he assured us that officials would come to our house but no one from the government has come,” said Reenu, Karan’s mother.

 Early on July 28, the Delhi police had opened fire on bikers performing stunts in the Capital resulting in the death of Karan, while his friend Puneet was injured in the incident. As questions were raised on the police’s theory of ‘firing in self defence’ because bikers had pelted stones at them, the Delhi government had ordered a magisterial inquiry to establish the sequence of events that led to the firing.

The inquiry was to be conducted by the District Magistrate of New Delhi district. The sub-divisional magistrate of Chanakyapuri sub-division has already recorded the statement of the injured victim, Puneet Sharma.

According to sources, while the order has to come from the Delhi government, the file has to be approved by the Lt. Governor. It is during the inquiry that the magistrate will examine statements of all witnesses and passersby.

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