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Court directs police to ensure safety of witnesses in year-old murder case

Over a year after a businessman was allegedly shot dead by two of his friends on the eve of his wedding,a city court has directed the police to ensure protection to the witnesses in the case,who are yet to testify.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 14, 2009 2:37:01 am

Over a year after a businessman was allegedly shot dead by two of his friends on the eve of his wedding,a city court has directed the police to ensure protection to the witnesses in the case,who are yet to testify.

In the light of repeated apprehensions voiced by the witnesses about their safety,Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Sudhir Kumar Jain also asked the DCP (Outer) to have an inquiry conducted into the allegations of life threats made especially by the eyewitnesses present at the scene of crime.

“Investigating Officer Inspector Surender Kumar is directed to provide necessary protection to the witnesses,so that they can depose freely and without any force,fear and coercion in the court. IO Kumar (also the SHO of Alipur police station) is further directed to make necessary inquiries in the matter,” said the court at a recent hearing.

24-year-old Ajay Maan,a property dealer and financier,was allegedly shot dead by accused Pradeep Khatri and Ravi Tyagi at his engagement party in March 8 last year. Maan was to get married a day later.

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After a tiff on the dance floor,the victim had reportedly asked the accused to leave. The trio then went to the parking area of Carnival Motel in Alipur,where Mann was allegedly shot with Khatri’s licensed pistol,the police said. Khatri (32) and Tyagi (27),who were in the same business,had subsequently fled the spot after abandoning the murder weapon,sources added.

As per the chargesheet,Tyagi had pulled the trigger. The accused were subsequently arrested and have been in judicial custody since.

Testimonies of prosecution witnesses are being recorded in court,which include relatives and friends of Maan who were present at the party.

The father of a key eye-witness had alleged recently that his son had gone missing a day earlier and he feared for his life. Additional Public Prosecutor Sanjay Soni told the judge that if the main witness was untraceable,it could give birth to fear in the minds of other witnesses as well.

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