In an interview with Sarah Hafeez Special Commissioner of Police S N Srivastav talks about setting up SIT in wake of Manoj Vashisht’s death.
On the SIT being formed to probe Manoj Vashisht’s death
The SIT can be seen to be impartial. The formation of an SIT will also create an element of trust and faith and competence since it is being headed by a joint commissioner-level police officer. This was done because there were people who expressed doubts about the police operation. We, however, have nothing to hide.
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Who all will constitute the SIT?
Joint Commissioner of Police (Central), Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central), Station House Officer (Prasad Nagar police station) and an inspector.
Why are there differing versions on the number of bullets fired. Some say a police bullet hit Manoj in the head while others say a police bullet hit his lower back. Still, others claim the bullet fired by Manoj ricocheted and hit him.
In the FIR, two bullets, one shot by the accused and one shot by police, have been mentioned. However, there were differing accounts and the final picture about the number of bullets fired and how many hit the accused will be clear only after the postmortem report is out.
Why were all the witnesses held back in the restaurant for several hours after the incident and their mobile phones taken away from them?
All the customers and restaurant staff were kept back as witnesses. We have videographed each of their statements and we will be producing them as witnesses according to their willingness and depending on the strength of their knowledge of the incident as they saw it.
Their mobile phones were taken away from them just after the incident for primarily two reasons. Firstly, that they could not contact anyone on the outside, which would create unnecessary alarm and panic. Secondly, the friends or family who they contacted might not have tutored them into silence or a version of the incident different from what they saw.