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Did Uttarakhand police torture youth to death?

india Updated: Jul 06, 2009 02:20 IST
Rakesh Ranjan
Rakesh Ranjan
Hindustan Times
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The post-mortem report of the 24-year-old Ghaziabad youth, who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter in Dehradun on Friday, has punched more holes in the police version.

The report, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, states that the body of Ranveer Singh, shot dead by Dehradun police in Ladpur forest near the state capital, had 28 lacerations and abrasion marks.

The wound marks over his chest and other areas had turned black and blue suggesting that Ranveer might have been tortured with third-degree methods before he was killed.

While the body bore nearly a dozen bullet marks, the doctors — Anil Arya and Ajit Gairola — recovered only two bullets during the post-mortem.

The report states that Ranveer may have died following excessive bleeding and haemorrhage. With several eyewitness accounts revealing that the police had arrested Ranveer on the day of the alleged encounter are also exposing the police version of the incident.

The police maintain that Ranveer assaulted a sub-inspector on duty and fled along with two of his associates. But an employee of Jain Dharamshala where the youths were staying had stated that policemen had come around 1:45 pm on Friday (before the fake ‘encounter’ had taken place) and taken their belongings.

Another eyewitness Anjum Khan, an engineer with Meerut Development Authority, claims to have fired from his licensed revolver and chased the youths away. He told TV channels that police had arrested one of them.

The third witness claimed that he saw police bundling Ranveer into a jeep on Balbir Road on the day of the alleged encounter. However, no senior police officer was available to give their views.

On Sunday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (50) called Chief Secretary Indu Kumar Pandey and DGP Subhash Joshi and asked them to take action against any policemen found guilty.

While a magisterial inquiry and another probe by the CBCID department has already been announced, several eminent citizens of Dehradun are seeking a judicial probe. Opposition Congress has sought a CBI inquiry into the matter at the earliest.