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Biker death: Inquiry finds holes in police theory

According to the report, CCTV footage for 2 am on that night shows only one biker being chased by the PCR van. The rest of the bikes appear scattered, the report said.

The magisterial inquiry into the death of 19-year-old Karan Pandey, who was shot dead allegedly by a police officer on the night of July 27-28 last year, has found clear contradictions in police’s version of events.

The report submitted to the Lt-Governor by the district magistrate last week stated that police’s claim that bikers had pelted stones at a PCR van, which reportedly prompted police to open fire, appears “improbable and doubtful”.

The report states that according to police’s version of events, the officer, Inspector Rajneesh Parmar, was reportedly trying to stop a group of bikers from performing stunts in Central Delhi, when the youth started to pelt stones at them. Police had claimed that Parmar was actually trying to deflate the tyre of the bike that Karan was riding pillion on, but accidentally hit the boy. Police had claimed that stone pelting had damaged the PCR van.

The report, however, states that CCTV footage of the incident show “no evidence” of stone pelting at the site, as alleged by PCR personnel on duty that night.

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Further, six witnesses who were present at the hospital, where Karan was taken, told the magistrate that the PCR van was not damaged when Karan was brought to the hospital.

According to the report, CCTV footage for 2 am on that night shows only one biker being chased by the PCR van. The rest of the bikes appear scattered, the report said.

“Even if the solitary biker had intended to throw something at PCR, there was no reason to open fire at the biker as it could not have been life-threatening,” the report states.

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The report also quotes CMO, Dr Kiren Negi at RML hospital, saying that no brick or stone dust was found on Karan’s body.
This contradicted police claims that Karan had tried to throw a stone at the police vehicle, which had prompted Parmar to fire.
Further, police had claimed that some personnel had sustained injuries during the incident. However, their medical report only found red friction marks on one of the constables, but clinically nothing else was found, the inquiry report states.

Speaking to Newsline, Karan’s mother Manju said, “It has been almost six months since my son passed away, and still no inquiry has been ordered against the inspector. I hope police will take these findings (magisterial inquiry) into consideration. We are going to meet the police chief on Friday.”

First published on: 24-01-2014 at 01:45 IST
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