Family members of Pawan, who died in police firing on the Jind-Kaithal road near Shahpur village of Jind district, have charged the Jind police with fake encounter.
However, the police have refuted the allegations and said that deceased Pawan had committed four robberies in Kaithal and Jind districts on Wednesday night, a few hours before the incident and the Jind police had received information about these from the Kaithal police.
According to the police, at the time of the incident Pawan, a resident of Bhidtana village of the district, was accompanied by Sandeep, who was involved in several cases, including murder, and they fired on the police when police tried to stop them.
In the ensuing encounter, Sandeep also received bullet injuries and was admitted to PGIMS Rohtak.
Meanwhile, Pawan's family refused to send his body for postmortem and demanded that the police officers involved in the incident should be booked on the charge of murder.
The agitated family members also clashed with the police and took Pawan's body from the police, refusing to allow postmortem. However, the police later managed to take his body back from the family members and sent it for postmortem at the civil hospital, Jind.
When contacted, Jind superintendent of police Abhishek Jorwal refuted the allegation of fake encounter and said, "The deceased and the injured were involved in robberies and thefts, and the police had got information that they were involved in four robberies which took place in the area on Wednesday night".
He added, "When the police tried to stop them they fired on the police and the police also fired on them. Pawan died in the police firing and Sandeep got injured", he said.
The agitated family members also blocked Jind-Gohana road and submitted a complaint to Jind SDM Yogesh Mehta and demanded action against "erring" police officers.
Bimla Devi, mother of the deceased, said that Pawan was not involved in any robbery or theft and police had "killed him without any fault of his".