Issues

JTSA on fake encounters’ veteran Tyagi

Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association issued the following statement on 10 February, 2011:

It seems there is no end to Special Cell’s gallantry. One of its most celebrated and decorated heroes, Ravinder Tyagi, also the key architect of the Batla House ‘encounter,’ has been found guilty of yet another frame-up of innocents as “terrorists.” The additional sessions judge Virendra Bhat on 9 February absolved and acquitted seven men accused of terrorism in a case dating back to 2005; while pronouncing four officers of the Delhi Police guilty of manufacturing a fake story about an ‘encounter’. The Police had claimed to have recovered AK-47 assault rifles, fake currency and ammunition from the men they claimed were ISI agents-a brazenly false claim.

What is incredible is that the Special Cell officers work with the same script each time. In 2008, Tyagi was indicted by the CBI for planting evidence such as RDX, J&K bus tickets and pistols on two men, Irshad Ali and Mohammad Qamar, whom they charged with being Al Badar operatives. In both instances, it was noticed that the police rested content having once ‘recovered’ the explosives and arms, making no effort to trace their source. It’s obvious why the source was not traced. It would lead perhaps to the Special Cell Lodhi Road office.

The repeated involvement of the officers of the Special Cell in staged encounters and frame-ups confirm our suspicions about the veracity of the Batla House ‘encounter’. Recall too that another hero of the Batla House ‘encounter’, Karnail Singh, has been accused by a member of the SIT probing the Ishrat Jehan fake encounter, of attempting to derail a fair probe.

How many more innocents will be killed in cold blood, or put behind bars before habitual offenders like Tyagi are punished? Who will pay for the loss of years and dignity of those falsely framed? When will NHRC wake up from its sweet slumber and stop relying on the statements of the police force while passing judgments on the genuineness of false encounters?

JTSA demands from the Home Minister and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi that Ravinder Tyagi be suspended with immediate effect. A high-level enquiry be ordered against him and all those senior officers who colluded with, patronized and protected his trigger-happy ways.

Issued by:
Manisha Sethi, Sanghamitra Misra, Ahmed Sohaib, Adeel Mehdi, Ghazi Shahnawaz, Tanweer Fazal, Farah Farooqi, Azra Razzak, Anwar Alam, Amabrien Al Qadar, Arshad Alam, Haris Haq and Shakeb Ahmed. (Received from Manisha Sethi -  manisha.sethy@gmail.com)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 2

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