The magisterial enquiry into the Sonia Vihar fake encounter case picked up on Tuesday when Delhi Government officials visited families of the five men from Meerut,Uttar Pradesh,who were killed allegedly by the Special Cell in 2006.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had termed the encounter as fake and a magisterial enquiry was ordered. A senior police officer from Meerut was also summoned for questioning by the officials.
Three officers involved in the encounter had received the Presidents Police Medal for gallantry in 2010 for the same.
The encounter took place around 10.45 pm on May 6,2006,near the Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant in Khajuri Khas,Northeast Delhi. The Special Cell team had reportedly killed the five men,believed to be members of a criminal gang active in UP and Uttarakhand. The deceased were identified as Sanjay (30),Aslam (25),Manoj (25),Shehzad (30) and Ayub (32).
We recorded the statements of the family members. Our team has recreated the scene of encounter in January this year and we are collecting more evidence, said a source.
The officials also met the family of another member of the alleged gang,who went missing after the encounter.
The NHRC,in its report,observed that the five men may not have opened fire on the police team because there was no trace of gunpowder on their palms,nor fingerprints on the firearms recovered from them. The officers against whom probe has been ordered include several high profile policemen of the Special Cell and Crime Branch of Delhi Police.