The defence in the Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya encounter case on Friday produced the report containing findings of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which dismisses the claims of the prosecution that the encounter was staged.
“We are convinced that Gupta was killed in a genuine encounter and the action of the police is protected by law,” read the report issued last year which was produced in the court as evidence for the first time on Friday.
In the report, retired Allahabad high court judge and then acting chairperson of NHRC, justice GP Mathur, and NHRC member PC Sharma stated the statements made by Aruna Bheda, during the magisterial inquiry that she never authorised Ramprasad, Ramnarayan’s brother, to send high-ranking police officials letters in her name.
The report states that her husband Anil who was picked up with Ramnarayan returned a day later following which she went to Vashi police station and got the missing report cancelled. This is contrary to Ramprasad’s claims that Bheda returned weeks after he was “abducted” by the police. The commission also said Ramprasad had said he went to several police stations in search of his brother, yet did not report the ‘abduction’ at any police station.