Rajasthan govt again writes to Center for a CBI probe into Anandpal Singh encounter case
The government says discontent among Rajputs could lead to a law and order situation
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has written to the union home ministry requesting it to accept the state’s recommendation for a CBI probe into the Anandpal Singh police encounter case.
The government has pleaded before the center that the discontent among Rajputs is growing as their primary demand for a CBI investigation into the encounter that they alleged was fake has not been accepted. It could lead to a law and order situation, the government argued in the letter.
The state government had requested the central government to hand over the probe to CBI in Jaipur.
The CBI had in November filed its reply in the Rajasthan high court’s Jodhpur bench refusing to take up the Anandpal Singh encounter case for investigation.
Sachin Acharya, the counsel of the CBI, told the court that the CBI has refused to investigate the matter as it considers it to be not worth investigating.
The home department is worried that Rajputs who have been at loggerheads with the state governments recently over Padmavati row may again launch an agitation demanding a CBI probe.
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.
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.