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Ghaziabad: Family of robbery accused accuse cops of falsely implicating kin

The police on July 28 had arrested three, including Bir Sen Sharma, in connection with the robbery of a Mother Daily milk distributor in the afternoon of July 24 in Modi Nagar. Sharma’s brother said they had saved money to buy a tractor but the police mistook it for robbed money

noida Updated: Jul 31, 2017 22:36 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The victim, Pankaj Goel, and his nephew were on a bike when two armed robbers snatched their cash bag that contained Rs7.7 lakh. Later, the police claimed that three men were allegedly involved in the robbery case and arrested the accused after a brief gunfight.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)

The family members of one of the accused in the robbery of a Mother Dairy distributor approached the state police officers and threatened to move the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the arrest.

The police on July 28 had arrested three, including Bir Sen Sharma, in connection with the robbery of a Mother Daily milk distributor in the afternoon of July 24 in Modi Nagar.

The victim, Pankaj Goel, and his nephew were on a bike when two armed robbers snatched their cash bag that contained Rs7.7 lakh. Later, the police claimed that three men were allegedly involved in the robbery case and arrested the accused after a brief gunfight.

“The police had visited my brother’s house in Khanjarpur on July 26 and asked us to come to police station. There, they said they want to inquire about some case. I asked them to reveal details of the case but they declined and asked me to leave. I left my brother and went home. Later, I found that the police claimed to have arrested him after an encounter in connection with the robbery case,” Sunil Sharma, brother of Bir Sen and a local political leader, said.

Sunil said that the police also took nearly Rs2.5 lakh from their house, which they had saved for purchasing a tractor. He said that they had sold cattle to generate the money.

“They claimed that this amount as the snatched money. My brother had no connection to the robbery case and has been falsely implicated. We have approached the state police officers for intervention as the police claims are baseless. We will also move the NHRC,” he said.

During a press conference held by the police on July 28, showing the arrest of the three accused, victim Pankaj Goel was also present. However, he could not confirm the identity of the robbers as they were wearing helmets during the incident.

When Hindustan Times contacted AK Maurya, superintendent of police (rural), on the issue and allegations raised by Sharma’s family, he replied that the family of the accused was free to approach any authority or agency.

“They have a right to protest and approach officials if they feel they have been wronged. We have a case against the accused and they have been arrested after proper verification and collection of evidence,” Maurya said.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 22:36 IST