Rajput bodies demand CBI enquiry into Anandpal’s encounter
More than a thousand members of the Rajput community gathered at the Shree Rajput Sabha Bhawan in Jaipur, amidst heavy police deployment on Saturday, to protest against the encounter of gangster Anandpal Singh in Churu on June 24Updated: Jul 04, 2017 15:07 IST
Over a thousand members of the Rajput community gathered at the Shree Rajput Sabha Bhawan in Jaipur, amidst heavy police deployment on Saturday, to protest against the encounter of gangster Anandpal Singh in Churu on June 24. They were demanding an enquiry into the encounter.
Anandpal, who belonged to the Ravana Rajput community, was on the run since September 2015 after escaping from police custody on the way from Nagaur to Ajmer. With more than three dozen criminal cases against him, including six of murder, he was allegedly the most wanted criminal in the state.
Mahipal Singh Makrana, state president of Shree Rajput Karni Sena, said that Anandpal became a criminal due to circumstances. Another speaker and lawyer by profession, Harsh Vardhan, said that Anandpal wanted to redeem himself but was not given a chance by this government.
“The government’s refusal to have a CBI investigation into the case proves that there are lapses in his encounter,” said the lawyer. He also mentioned the encounter of Chatur Singh last year and alleged that lapses would have emerged had a CBI enquiry been conducted in the encounter.
Ranjit Singh Sodala, of the Ravana Rajput Seva Sansthan, called the government’s policy ‘repressive’ towards Rajputs. He added that Anandpal has ‘sacrificed’ his life for the Rajput community.
Rajput community leaders threatened the government and said that the community will give a befitting reply to the ruling party at the time of the elections. “If Anandpal’s family does not get justice, thousands of other Anandpals will be born,” said Makrana.
Makrana had earlier said that thousands of Rajputs will march to the CM’s residence on Saturday to submit a memorandum regarding CBI enquiry but due to heavy police presence, the rally couldn’t reach the residence.
Rajput groups had earlier this week protested in different parts of Rajasthan, indulging in vandalism and blocking roads. Authorities suspended mobile internet services in Churu on Friday by following disruptions by the groups.