“Fake” encounter: SIT records statements of family of victim

On Dec 8, Inderjit was shot dead by CIA staff of Amritsar

“Fake” encounter: SIT records statements of family of victim

An SIT under IG Border Range has started inquiry into the toll plaza “fake” encounter case. - File photo

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 11

An SIT under IG Border Range has started inquiry into the toll plaza “fake” encounter case. On Saturday, the SIT recorded the statements of wife and brother of the deceased, Inderjit Singh of Hoshiarpur. The SIT was constituted after the victim’s family moved the High Court. The court has asked the police and SDM, who was conducting the magisterial probe, to submit report. The court has also asked from the police as to why an FIR was not registered in the matter?

The family also told the SIT that the police officers who gunned down Inderjeet gave them “compensation” of Rs15 lakh from their pocket. Sarabjit Singh Verka, principal investigator of an NGO, PHRO, asked if the encounter wasn’t fake, then why did the police give cash to the victim family?

“There are several flaws in the previous magisterial probe. The CCTV footage of the incident was deleted but the DVRs were not seized during probe. The FIR was not registered after the incident. Now, everything is in the notice of the court,” he said.

Inderjit Singh of Hoshiarpur was gunned down by the police under mysterious circumstances on December 8. Initially, a magisterial probe was ordered. SDM Vikas Heera is conducting the probe.

On December 8, the CIA staff was holding a naka at Jandiala Guru toll plaza following snatching of a car from a DSP-rank officer in the Putlighar area, when they reportedly received the information from the Ambala police that a person had snatched an SUV and was heading towards Amritsar via Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

Meanwhile, Inderjit reached and he was shot dead by the CIA staff. Fingers were raised over the police theory.

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