The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has, prima facie, established that the police killed Ghaziabad youth Ranbir Singh in a fake encounter last month.
“The encounter was fake and stage-managed. But it also came to light that Ranbir, 24, and his two associates had come to Dehradun with an intention to commit crime,” said a senior CBI officer, who didn’t wish to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The disclosure is said to be based on the statement of Ranbir’s associate Ram Kumar, who was arrested recently. A source in Dehradun, who did not want be identified, said Kumar had witnessed the scuffle between Ranbir and a sub-inspector on the outskirts of Dehradun on July 2.
According to police, Ranbir snatched the service revolver of the officer during the scuffle and escaped along with the two accomplices on a motorbike.
But Kumar told the CBI that while he managed to escape, Ranbir was arrested.
“The CBI has already zeroed in on the third accomplice of Ranbir. He also hails from western Uttar Pradesh,” said an official, who was not willing to be named.
The Uttaranchal government handed over the case to the CBI after Ranbir’s parents accused the police of killing him in a fake encounter.