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Year after SHRC order,CID begins probe into triple murder

CB-CID officials have recorded statements of family members of the victims,visited the spot of the crime and recorded statements of the locals.

Almost a year after the State Human Rights Commission recommended investigation by the Crime Branch CID into a triple murder case that took place in Lucknow’s Thakurganj area in January 2010,the agency has begun the probe.

CB-CID officials have recorded statements of family members of the victims,visited the spot of the crime and recorded statements of the locals.

The SHRC issued the order on a complaint filed by Shaheen Parveen,who lost her father Rajab Ali,mother Zahida and minor daughter Sana Parveen. She alleged that police never took action against the suspects she had named.

“We are happy that the inquiry has begun. We hope the real accused will be booked and the motive of murder cleared,” said Shaheen’s husband Javed,a businessman.

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Shaheen had questioned the police theory that the crime was carried out by youths — one of whom,Pawan,was killed by the police in an “encounter” a few days later. She that the purpose of the assailants was to murder and not loot,as claimed by the police.

The police,however,claimed they had recovered jewellery and other articles from Pawan and his accomplice Raj Kumar,currently lodged in jail. The police said there was a third accused,whose identity could not be ascertained.

Shaheen alleged that after the crime,the police called her brother Parvez Siddiqui and told him that one Raj Kumar had confessed to his involvement in the crime,but since nothing was recovered from him he would be acquitted. Therefore,Shaheen said,the family gave a wrist watch,a pair of spectacles,a bag and some artificial jewellery to the police,which were shown as recovery from the accused.

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Her story is corroborated by Pawan’s parents that their son was innocent and shot by the police in cold blood. Incidentally,the commission had also ordered a CB-CID inquiry into Pawan’s encounter in July 8,2010,and asked it to submit the report in six months,but the government did not implement the commission’s orders. The complaint to SHRC was filed by Pawan’s mother Rama Devi.

“We have no information that the CB-CID has begun a probe into the triple murder case. The death of my son was linked to the triple murder case and the government should have also recommended a probe into it,” said Rama Devi.

She alleged that in spite of the SHRC recommendation,an inquiry was not ordered because the policemen who killed her son had links with powerful men in the previous government. “They are still pressurising us to withdraw the complaint. Around four months ago,we wrote to the President of India about it,” said Pawan’s mother.

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The police had allegedly framed her husband Ram Babu and brother-in-law Baanke Lal in the triple murder case. “We have come to know that police have shown my husband and Baanke Lal absconding while they are at home. They also claim to have attached our property after seeking court permission,” said Rama Devi.

Pawan’s family has now decided to meet Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Convict nabbed after 27 years

LUCKNOW: The Muzaffarnagar police has arrested a murder convict who had been absconding for 27 years. The convict was arrested from Delhi on Sunday night. Police said Anis Ansari was convicted by Muzaffarnagar district court in 1982 for the murder of a local property dealer,Ram Kumar Arora,who was a business partner of Ansari’s father Natthu Khan. Arora was murdered in 1980 in the Kotwali police station area. Ansari and his brother Nafis Kalia were made accused in the case. Kalia was,however,acquitted by the court. He was later killed in a police encounter in Haryana in 2007.

First published on: 24-04-2012 at 04:29:19 am
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