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Encounter’ at Delhi restaurant: Wife goes to Arvind Kejriwal, claiming murder

A senior police officer at the special cell said the cell’s mandate is to “nab all criminals”.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi |
Updated: May 18, 2015 10:09:03 am
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Manoj Vashisht had gone to Sagar Ratna restaurant to discuss business pertaining to his tours and travels company with his associates. His wife Priyanka had gone to her mother’s residence in Rajendra Nagar to spend the evening, relatives said. Manoj was supposed to finish his meeting and pick her up and drive back to their home.

Priyanka, a zila panchayat member from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, told The Indian Express, “When I reached the entrance of the restaurant. police refused to let me in and I had to fight my way inside.”

When she went inside, Priyanka claimed she saw her husband lying in a pool of blood under a dinner table. “I called out to my husband and he stirred several times. I pleaded with the police to rush him to hospital but they refused, declaring him dead. Then they sent me out.”

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Vashisht’s family visited the Home Minister’s residence on Sunday though they could not meet him because he was away. We also met CM Arvind Kejriwal who said he stands by us and extended his support to us. My husband was murdered in cold blood and not in an encounter and we will ask the home minister on Monday for a judicial probe into this,” Priyanka said.

Vashisht’s brother Anil told The Indian Express that special cell had followed Manoj’s car from Dhaula Kuan to Greater Noida’s Pari Chowk on April 29. “Policemen claiming to be form the special cell got off the vehicle and informed him about his being wanted in a case with the special cell.

“I then filed an inquiry in Patiala House court about the case against Manoj and in the reply I learnt that there was no such case against him. Then how and why did the special cell turn up at the restaurant?”

A senior police officer at the special cell said the cell’s mandate is to “nab all criminals”.

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