Controversy shrouds killing of MBA youth
Controversy surrounded gunning down of an MBA qualified youth in an alleged police encounter, with his parents claiming that he has no criminal history, raising doubts that it could be a killing in a case of mistaken identity.india Updated: Jul 04, 2009 15:59 IST
Controversy surrounded gunning down of an MBA qualified youth in an alleged police encounter, with his parents claiming that he has no criminal history, raising doubts that it could be a killing in a case of mistaken identity.
Ranbir Singh, 22, hailing from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, was shot dead yesterday in an alleged encounter with police in Ladpur jungles here.
"We have ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident," Principal Secretary Home Subhash Kumar said.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Dehradun, said the youth, who was riding a motor cycle along with two others, snatched the revolver of a constable when their two-wheeler was stopped during a checking of vehicles in view of President Pratibha Patil's visit.
However, Ranbir's father Ravinder Singh said his son is innocent. "Show me his criminal record. The police just killed him to get (gallantry) medals. And the police are threatening me now," he said, sobbing and trying to console his wife.
Uttarakhand Inspector General of Police N A Ganapati said the three boys were asked to stop by G D Bhatt, a sub-inspector at Dalanwala area. When the police searched their bag, a weapon was found in it, he said, adding that the boys overpowered a policeman, snatched his revolver and fled.
When the SI flashed a message over the wireless, the boys were intercepted at another place and there was an encounter in which Ranbir was killed, Ganapati said.
Ranbir's parents, who reached here this morning, created a ruckus at Doon Hospital where the autopsy was being done.
"My son is innocent and has never faced any criminal charge," his father, an ex-serviceman, said.
The IG (Police) said that as per the version of Ranbir's father, his son had come in search of work.
Since, the two versions -- of his father and of the police -- are conflicting, "we need an impartial inquiry into the matter," Ganapati said, adding that in such cases a magisterial inquiry or a probe by an independent agency is ordered to bring out the facts.
He also said that investigations should take place in the district where the incident has taken place.
Police said while Ranbir was killed in the encounter, the other two youths managed to escape. A country-made pistol was recovered from the deceased, they said.
On the basis of the driving license recovered from Ranbir's body, the police informed his parents, who rushed here early this morning and sought strong action against the policemen for killing their son.
The family members of the deceased also threatened to move the court and the Human Rights Commission over the issue.
Demanding a high-level inquiry into the incident and dismissal of the those involved, they alleged that police have "cooked up a false story" to portray Ranbir as a criminal.
A resident of Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, Ranbir recently completed his MBA from Meerut University and had got campus placement in Kotak Mahindra. He was to join his duty on July five, his distraught family members said.