Rajasthan government sends recommendation for CBI probe into Anandpal Singh encounter
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government’s home department has sent a recommendation for an investigation by the CBI into the two FIRs registered in connection with the Anandpal Singh encounter. One FIR is pertaining to the police encounter of Anandpal, while another is related to the death of one Surendra Singh. Surendra Singh was allegedly killed in firing during a protest meeting against the encounter in Sanvrad village of Nagaur district on July 12.
It would be now up to the union home ministry whether to accept the recommendation or not. If the CBI decides to take up the case, a notification will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.
Rajput community leaders had met a delegation of government representatives including home minister Gulab Chand Kataria. They threated to continue with the agitation if their demand for CBI investigation into the encounter was not met. The government agreed to the demand.
The police headquarters prepared a report on the two FIRs registered with the state police and then send it to the home department. The home department has now issued a notification regarding the recommendation for a CBI probe.
The agency would also investigate the death of Surendra Singh in Sanvrad when a public meeting against the encounter was in progress. Singh’s family members alleged that he was killed in police firing.
Anandpal was killed in a police encounter in Malasar village of Churu district on June 24. His family members alleged that the encounter was bogus and he was killed even when he wanted to surrender. The police officials, however, said that he was asked to surrender several times, but instead opened fire on policemen.