Rajasthan government to recommend a CBI probe into Anandpal encounter
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has agreed to recommend a CBI probe into the police encounter of Anandpal Singh. Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria announced the decision after a meeting with Rajput community leaders on Tuesday. BJP state president Ashok Parnami and panchayati Raj minister Rajendra Singh Rathore were also present in the meeting. The Rajput leaders announced to withdraw the agitation after the meeting.
A delegation of Rajput community leaders including Girraj Singh Lotwada, Lokendra Singh Kalavi and Mahaveer Singh Sarvadi met the home minister at state secretariat on Tuesday. They put forward their demands, seven of which were accepted by the government, according a joint statement released by these leaders.
Gulab Chand Kataria said that the government would sent the recommendation, but it would be up to the agency to decide whether to take up the case or not. The government is only empowered to send a recommendation. The central government’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issues a notification of the CBI taking over the case from the local police if the recommendation is accepted.
Some other demands which were accepted by the government are:
- The government would not act in a biased manner while probing other cases including those registered against Rajput community members following the Anandpal encounter.
- The state government would not create any hurdles if Anandpal’s daughter Cheenu decides to come back to India from Dubai. Cheenu is currently pursuing an engineering degree in Dubai.
- Anandpals’s family members would be provided the report of the first postmortem examination of Anandpal’s body within 24 hours of the request for the same.
- The government would provide compensation to those killed and injured in the agitation as per the established guidelines in this regard.
Gulab Chand Kataria had earlier refused to send a recommendation for CBI probe, saying that it would affect the morale of the policemen who were involved in the encounter. He had said that Anandpal was killed in a justifiable police encounter. He was asked many times to surrender, but when he opened fire, the police retaliated.
One man was killed while more than 32 others, most of them, policemen were injured in clashes between police and Rajput community members at Sanvrad village on July 12. People who were protesting demanding a CBI probe into the encounter went on rampage. They beat up policemen, uprooted railway tracks and even attempted to torch a train, police officials said.
Several Rajput community leaders were booked for inciting the mob and other crimes after the violence.
Anandpal Singh was killed in a police encounter in Malasar village of Churu district on June 24.