Later they were intercepted at the forest and Ranbir was gunned down in an encounter, while other two managed to escape. However, Uttarakhand Inspector General of Police NA Ganapati gave a different version. He said when the police opened a suspicious-looking bag that the boys were carrying, a countrymade revolver was found in it. The boys then overpowered an police official, snatched his revolver and fled, he said. Thereafter an encounter took place. Some police officials said that the trio was part of a gang that extorted money from businessmen.
The family told the reporters that Ranbir Singh was a bright student and has no criminal record. According to Ranbir’s father Ravinder Singh, his son is innocent. “Show me his criminal record. The police just killed him to get medals. The police are threatening me now,” he said, sobbing and trying to console his wife. He went to Dehradun to join his office. There is a prime witness, who refutes policemen’s claim.
The autopsy report of Ranbir is out. The post-mortem report suggests that Ranbir’s body was brutally tortured and there were signs of multiple fractures. The body bore mark of 12 bullet injuries. These reports have gone against the police version of encounter and it appears that he was brutally tortured before being shot dead.
Uttarakhand government ordered CID probe after there were allegations that the encounter might be faked.After the autopsy report, eight police officials, including SSP Sinha have been suspended.
My personal opinion is that there must be an inquiry by central agency at the earliest. If this encounter is fake then the case must be dealt with utter seriousness. The crime of murder is even more heinous if committed by the police.
The officials involved must be tried for murder along with those who tried to cover the case. The police is there to protect the citizens and not to kill them for some vested gains. This case calls for a speedy trial and a clear and quick justice.
The family is shocked after loosing their son for no fault. This case should be an eye-opener for all the officials, who feel that the life of common man carries no value. I am not running into conclusions but circumstantial evidence against police is too strong. We must support the family of Ranbir because the similar thing can happen to us as well. We must ensure that the case does not die its natural death and it becomes another instance of short public memory.