The relatives of Mukesh Rathor, who died after police shot at him in Gwalior recently, have alleged that he was killed in a fake encounter. They claimed that he was first caught and later shot at in police custody, which resulted in his death.
Rathor, 25, was involved in petty thefts, loots and vehicle lifting cases. The police claimed that they had chased Rathor after he snatched a woman's gold chain and later managed to catch him.
However, he fired at police and in the retaliatory firing, policemen shot at him. He got injured in the leg and was later taken to hospital, where he died.
The incident occurred on October 21. The wound was in the leg; however, it was excessive bleeding that caused his death. But Rathor's kin alleged that it was fake encounter.
"My son was not a notorious criminal and there was no reward on his arrest; then why was he killed in an encounter?" said her mother Pushpa Rathor, adding: "We want a case of murder registered against the policemen who shot at him."
"My son was caught on Monday and was also seen in police station on Tuesday. The policemen's claim that he was chased and shot after he fired at them, is wrong." The deceased's mother also claimed that her son was wearing black shirt and jeans but when killed, he was wearing red shirt.
Rathor's family has demanded a high-level inquiry and has asked police to reveal names of the policemen who were part of the team that was involved in the encounter. The kin are also planning to take the legal route for justice in this case.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Santosh Kumar Singh said that inquiry is being conducted into the case. "If it is found that policemen were at fault, then action would be taken," said Singh.