Sibal calls for independent probe into Gujarat false encounters
Sibal's charge comes in the wake of the arrest of three police officials, including DG Vanzara, for the alleged murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, reports Saroj Nagi.india Updated: Apr 25, 2007 22:08 IST
The Congress began its media war against the BJP government in poll-bound Gujarat by calling on the Supreme Court to ensure an independent probe into all cases of alleged false encounters carried out in the state in the name of anti-terrorist campaigns.
"The nation must be secure from the threat of terrorists. It must also be secure from acts of terror perpetuated by some representatives of a brutalised police force under a dispensation which has no respect for the rule of law,'' said Union Minister Kapil Sibal who is part of the AICC's Media Committee for the states where assembly elections are to be held in 2007-08.
Sibal's charge came in the wake of the arrest of three police officials, including DG Vanzara, for the alleged murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. Sheikh was killed in an encounter following suspicion that he was a LeT operative. According to the minister, Vanzara's name has figured in half a dozen encounters.
Sibal maintained that while there should be zero tolerance against terrorists, it was the court's duty to probe the root cause of false encounters and ask whether these encounters were meant to send a message or make a statement and who benefited from them.
Sibal listed some queries that required investigation: