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Haryana police kill youth 'by mistake'

National, Mon, 03 Nov 2008 IANS

Bhiwani (Haryana), Nov 3 (IANS) The Haryana government Monday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing of a college student by the police near here, even as the police said they had killed the young man due to a case of 'mistaken identity'.


The victim, 22-year-old Kuldip, was a final-year graduation student in Vaish College here. He was returning to this town after a party with friends when a group of policemen shot him in the head Sunday night.



Kuldip, who was to get married soon, died on the spot, eyewitnesses said.



On Monday, angry relatives and supporters of the youth surrounded a police station near the clock tower here and burnt a police motorcycle. They also pelted stones at the police station till police reinforcements arrived. The agitators were demanding arrest of the policemen who killed Kuldip and wanted a murder case lodged against them.



This town remained tense following the incident.



Embarrassed by the incident, the Haryana government ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and started the procedure to register a case against eight police officials who were involved in the shooting.



'We were going on our motorcycle when two police Gypsys came and two-three officials came out and started firing. Kuldip was hit in the head and he died on the spot. The police officials were drunk,' Hukum Singh, a friend of Kuldip, said.



'They killed him by firing from point blank range. He was unarmed. What was his mistake?' asked the victim's brother Vikas.



Bhiwani Deputy Superintendent of Police Ram Avtar said the police team shot Kuldip by mistake.



'They had information that a gangster was moving in the area. They shot Kuldip by mistake,' Ram Avtar told IANS.



He said the police was looking for gangster Dara Singh who was allegedly involved in a recent bank robbery.



Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) Ranjiv Dalal also said that the shooting was the result of mistaken identity.



'They did not stop their motorcycle when they were asked to stop. The police team fired at them and the youth died. A thorough probe will find out the reality,' Dalal said.



However, he was unable to say why the police fired at the youth just because he did not stop the motorcycle.



Former Bhiwani MP Kuldip Bishnoi demanded that a case of murder be registered against Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for letting loose a reign of terror in the state through the police.



'So many fake encounters have taken place in the four years of the Hooda rule. He should be booked too,' Bishnoi said.


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