Encounters between police and alleged criminals have now moved from being plain controversial topics and are resulting in a rising number of cases wherein policemen are being hauled up for notoriety and convicted for extra judicial killings under the garb of bringing offenders to book.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court bench here has expressed "grave reservation" over an order passed by a single judge on Punjab police over the "fake encounters" during the period of militancy in the state in 1990s.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is being misused to target and implicate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in fake encounter cases, senior BJP leader Aun Jaitley has alleged in a letter written to the Prime Minister.
Even as CBI probes the Ishrat Jahan and Sadiq Jamal alleged fake encounter cases, at least 555 such alleged extra judicial killings have been reported in the country, including 138 in Uttar Pradesh, in last four years.
The BJP on Saturday rejected as a "false perception" that Muslims are being targeted in the name of fighting terror and claimed more Hindus have been killed in fake encounters, mostly in Congress-ruled states.
The Gujarat govt had carried out fake encounters only to raise CM Narendra Modi`s profile so that he becomes a "hero" in the eyes of people who believe acts of terror are done by Muslims, Cong leader Digvijay Singh alleged.
In a major relief to former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, the Supreme Court on Monday said that there was no need for separate trials against him in connection with Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati alleged fake encounters.
The Supreme Court Friday sought
the stands of the Centre and all state governments on a plea for independent probe into all cases of alleged killings by police in staged shootouts in past 10 years in the country.
Opposition PDP accused the government of not taking action in several fake encounters, including the Macchil case, and said it has sent a wrong message to security forces that they can do whatever they want and get away.
A day after the Special
Investigation Team probing Gujarat riot cases raised doubts
about genuineness of Ishrat encounter case, Congress Saturday
said BJP government in Gujarat is "famous worldwide for fake