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Cong condems MBA student's encounter, calls for action

delhi Updated: Jul 06, 2009 21:06 IST
Cong condems MBA student's encounter

The Congress on Monday 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).