RJD, Cong demand probe into youth’s killing

Opposition RJD and Congress alleged that the STF of Bihar Police had killed an "innocent youth" suspecting him to be a naxalite.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 17:59 PM IST

Patna: Opposition RJD and Congress on Wednesday alleged that the Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar Police had killed an "innocent youth" suspecting him to be a naxalite and demanded that the state government order a probe into the issue.
Raising the case of Ramdeo Paswan who alleged that the
STF had killed his 20-year-old son Pancham on Friday night
when he was returning to his Navadiha village in Gaya
District, Leader of Opposition in the State assembly and RJD
leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui and state Youth Congress chief
Lalan Kumar said "it is a case of brutal murder."

"The STF personnel killed him in an encounter suspecting
him to be a naxalite," Siddiqui and Kumar said at separate
press meets.

Siddiqui said the state government must order the Gaya
police to register a case of murder against the policemen
involved in the encounter.

He further claimed that there was no no record of
Pancham being involved in any criminal case. The family
members of the deceased also petitioned the BHRC for help.
Siddiqui urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to ensure a
probe into the incident within a week.

Kumar demanded that the state government must order a
thorough probe. Besides, the Bihar Human Rights Commission
(BHRC) should also take up the case and order compensation.

PTI