Relatives of Manoj Vashisht refused to take back his body on Monday after a medical board, comprising three senior doctors, conducted the autopsy on him. Hundreds of people from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, where Vashisht hailed from, staged a protest, demanding that the policemen who shot him be sacked. Vashisht’s wife Priyanka met Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his Akbar Road residence in the morning.
“She asked Singh to look into the matter and requested for a CBI probe into Vashisht’s death. Singh assured her that an SIT had been formed and it was looking into the investigation of the case,” Vashisht’s business partner Inderjeet said.
Priyanka had gone to meet Singh on Sunday also, but he was not at his residence.
The medical board comprising three senior doctors — one each from LNJP, Lady Hardinge and Maulana Azad — conducted the autopsy at Lady Hardinge.
Meanwhile, several of residents from Baghpat district arrived in Delhi and protested against the alleged police apathy and foulplay.
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“We have come all the way from Baghpat. We want justice for Manoj Vashisht. He was a great man and a social worker. His NGO Desh Bhakt Sena was doing a lot of good work in Baghpat village like providing water to remote areas and organising mass weddings. Also, if you see the Facebook page of the NGO, Vashisht had recently posted against police atrocities exposing the high handedness of police towards the common man. This only shows that police must have been trying to get him,” Umesh, a resident, said.
Priyanka is a zilla panchayat member in Baghpat.
When Vashisht’s body was handed over to his family on Monday evening at the hospital, the family refused to take it back.
“We will cremate him only after action is taken against the police officers behind this operation. In fact, we have staged a peaceful sit-in on the road outside Lady Hardinge and we will not budge till appropriate action is taken and a case of murder registered against the policemen who shot my brother-in-law dead,” Priyanka’s brother Dibakar said.