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Anandpal encounter: Gangster’s kin move court for fresh autopsy, BJP leader demands CBI probe

Senior BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari said there are serious doubts about the authenticity of the encounter and government should clear such doubts

jaipur Updated: Jun 29, 2017 21:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Slain gangster Anandpal Singh.
Slain gangster Anandpal Singh. (HT File)

A senior BJP MLA Thursday demanded a CBI investigation into the death of Anandpal Singh in a police encounter even as the family of the slain gangster moved a local court in Churu seeking directions for a fresh post-mortem of the deceased by a medical board at a district hospital.

The police had Wednesday issued a notice under the Rajasthan Police rules 1965 directing Anandpal’s mother, wife, daughters, and others to accept the body within 24 hours failing which they (police) will conduct the funeral.

Anandpal’s family moved the court after the deadline for accepting the gangster’s body ended in Thursday morning.

“An application was moved in the district sessions court. We have demanded that another post-mortem be conducted,” said advocate AP Singh, the counsel for the slain gangster’s family.

The counsel cited a Supreme Court ruling in a case in 1999 that in case of death of a person in police encounter, the post-mortem shall be carried out in district hospital at least by two doctors and the procedure should be videotaped and preserved. He also alleged that the encounter in which Anandpal was killed on Saturday night in Malasar village in Churu was fake and a CBI inquiry should be ordered for a fair inquiry.

The application will be heard by additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) Ratangarh on Friday.

The post-mortem was conducted at a hospital in Churu’s Ratangarh on Sunday and the body had been kept at the Ratangarh hospital’s mortuary since then.

The family members, who are adamant on a CBI inquiry, got a shot in the arm as senior BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari issued a statement saying that the Rajasthan government should take immediate steps to clear “serious doubts” that have arisen after the encounter.

He claimed that people in large numbers have met him after Anandpal’s killing and there are “serious doubts in their minds about the authenticity of the encounter”.

“Why is the government running away from a CBI inquiry in the case, despite the statement of the state home minister, Gulabchand Kataria, that he is ready for any probe,” said the MLA, who has opened a front against chief minister Vasundhara Raje after he was served a notice for anti-party activities in May.

“The family members of Anandpal have demanded a postmortem from the medical board but the government is running away. His family has also demanded a CBI probe and the state home minister has said that he is ready for any inquiry then why is the government is not taking a decision,” Tiwari asked.

He also claimed that Kataria was himself not aware of the encounter and this posed a question. The MLA said that the home minister is on record saying that chief minister had called him congratulated him for the encounter. “This means that chief minister was directly associated with this action and home minister was totally unaware,” he added.

Meanwhile, agitation against the encounter continued for the fifth day. Members of Rajput community continued with their dharna at Savarda village. In another incident, Anandpal’s supporters attacked official vehicle of tehsildar and set it afire near Dujod village in Sikar district.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 21:01 IST

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