Fake encounter: CBI team records evidence

Ghaziabad: A CBI team, investigating the alleged fake police encounter of Ravinder Tyagi in which the name of a former UP cabinet minister has cropped up, visited the encounter site near here.

The team led by CBI inspector Manoj Jaiswal visited the encounter site at Mohan Nagar yesterday and recorded the statements of police officials in Sahibabad as part of the probe following a directive of the Allahabad High Court.

The team also collected all relevent documents from the Sahibabad police station.

The Allahabad High Court in December last year had ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of Tyagi, a history-sheeter from Ghaziabad carrying a cash reward of Rs 50,000 on his head, who was killed in a police encounter in 2009.

The order was passed on a writ petition filed by the deceased's wife Deepa, who had alleged that her husband was killed by policemen at the behest of the then Agriculture Education and Research minister Rajpal Tyagi.

Deepa, who had defeated the minister's daughter-in-law in a Panchayat election in 2010, alleged that shortly before his death, her husband had filed a petition before the High Court seeking police security as he was facing threat to his life from Rajpal.

The wife said that the plea was, however, turned down by the High Court and Ravindra was gunned down by a Special Operations Group of local police in Ghaziabad's Mohan Nagar area on October 29, 2009.

She allged that the police had carried out a fake encounter at the behest of the minister.

The CBI crime branch on January 19 had registered a case against police for fake encounter and started investigation.

One police sub-inspector Anil Kapparwan and three police constables were also injured in the encounter. One of the injured constables, Manjeet Singh later died during treatment.