Alleging that there were gaps in different versions about how eight fugitive SIMI operatives were gunned down, a Muslim organisation in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday demanded an independent probe into the incident according to the Supreme Court guidelines for investigating police encounters.
Masood Ahmed Khan, secretary the Madhya Pradesh Coordination Committee for Indian Muslims, said the top court’s guidelines states that investigating of police encounters by should be conducted independently following prescribed procedures.
“Agencies investigating an encounter should take into account the guidelines listed by the Supreme Court,” he said.
“Until now, it appears that there are many unconnected dots in the whole incident and to ensure a fair and transparent probe into the alleged shootout, we have decided to file a petition in the Supreme Court and want a sitting judge of the top court to investigate the incident.”
Pervez Alam, lawyer of the gunned down SIMI operatives, said he was going through the Supreme Court guidelines to see if they were not been followed. “I will file a petition in the high court soon demanding a fair probe by a sitting judge of the high court,” he said.
“We will look into the aspects of the case and come up with a detailed argument, which we will put before the court.”
In the 6-point guidelines for investigating encounters by police, the top court states that an independent investigation has to be conducted by the criminal investigation department or a police team from another police station other than where the incident occurred and under the supervision of a senior officer.
The guidelines also say that a magisterial inquiry must be held in cases of death in police firing.