Human Rights

CBI investigating Dara encounter case seeks protection for its team

In a surprise move, CBI investigating Dara Singh fake encounter case has asked for protection for its team and also for the accused in the case. In a letter to Rajasthan home department CBI had mentioned that its personnel had received threats from the accused and thereby sought CRPF protection. The state government declined to do so citing reasons that the CRPF comes under the Union Home Ministry and therefore offered state police protection instead. PK Deb,   Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary in an interview said that CBI sought CRPF protection for their personnel as they received threats. He also pointed out that CRPF does not come under state jurisdiction. Dara Singh was gunned down by the team of the state Special Operations Group on 23 October, 2006 in an encounter in Jaipur. The Supreme Court had ordered a CBI probe following a petition filed by his wife Sushila Devi, who claimed that her husband was killed in a fake encounter.
 
MG News Desk 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2011 on page no. 11

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