Ghaziabad family says police encounter fake
Mystery shrouds the death of a 22-year-old man who was shot dead by the Uttarakhand Police on Friday afternoon. Family members of Ranbir Singh, a Master of Business Administration pass-out, alleged that their son was killed in a fake encounter, reports Peeyush Khandelwal.india Updated: Jul 04, 2009 23:31 IST
Mystery shrouds the death of a 22-year-old man who was shot dead by the Uttarakhand Police on Friday afternoon.
Family members of Ranbir Singh (22), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) pass-out, alleged that their son was killed in a fake encounter.
The brewing controversy has also led to the Uttarakhand government ordering a CB-CID inquiry into the incident.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister RP Nishank said, “The CB-CID probe would be impartial to ascertain the truth behind the entire incident.”
Earlier, Uttarakhand Principal Secretary (Home), Subhash Kumar had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
Singh’s family, who reached Dehradun on Saturday morning, sat on a dharna at Prince Chowk. They demonstrated outside Doon Hospital where Singh’s autopsy was done. They also met the chief minister later.
On Friday afternoon, Uttarakhand Police had killed Singh in a jungle in Raipur near state capital Dehradun. Police said Singh and his associates were involved in criminal activities.
Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amit Sinha said, “The deceased and his two accomplices had thrashed a police officer when their bike was stopped for a routine checking. They fled with the service revolver of our officer.”
“They were spotted near the jungles of Raipur. While Singh was killed in an encounter, the other two managed to escape.”
Police claimed that a US-made 9 MM pistol, a rope and doctor’s tape were also found on the deceased. The things found on him were being used in robberies happening frequently in Dehradun, the police said.
Singh’s family members in Ghaziabad rubbished the police version and said their son was innocent. They said the police were cooking up a story.
“My son was innocent. He had not been involved in any criminal activities,” said Ravindra Pal, Singh’s father and an ex-serviceman, at his house in Ghaziabad.
“The police have murdered my son and a case should be lodged against the officers responsible for this.”
The family said Singh had recently completed his MBA from a business school in Meerut in UP and had landed a job with the Dehradun branch of a finance company.
“He was a brilliant student and had gone to Dehradun to join a finance company. He was staying at a dharamshala from where the police picked and killed him,” said Sandeep Singh, the elder brother.
Singh’s family have registered a complaint in Ghaziabad against the police officers involved in the encounter.