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Updated: July 29, 2013 11:30 IST

Dead teenager’s mother questions police’s claim

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Renu, aunt of Karan Pandey who was killed in police firing in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
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Renu, aunt of Karan Pandey who was killed in police firing in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

The mother of 19-year-old Karan Pandey, who was killed on Sunday when police opened fire during an attempt to stop a group of bikers from performing dangerous stunts, accused the police of highhandedness and demanded the death penalty for the guilty personnel.

Police had claimed that Karan was killed when a bullet fired by them in an attempt to puncture the tyre of the bike he was riding pillion hit him in his back.

Police had claimed that the group of about 150 bikers turned violent when they were asked to stop their dangerous motorcycle stunts. They started pelting stones injuring some policemen after which police fired in the air.

“They [police] don’t fire at terrorists and criminals. My son was not a thief or a dacoit. Police has wronged as they don’t have the right to kill a child,” said Karan’s mother Manju.

Questioning the police’s claim on the sequence of events, she claimed her son didn’t even know how to ride a motorbike and demanded a post-mortem be done by a five-doctor team.

“He didn’t indulge in drugs. If he was indulging in hooliganism or had misbehaved with them [police], they could have lathi charged or arrested him, but they shouldn’t have fired at him. He was my only son,” she said.

She said the reports about the other biker Punit Sharma being injured and admitted in hospital were false.

“Punit is neither injured nor admitted in the hospital. In fact, at 6.30 a.m., he had come with the cops accompanied by his father at our house. The cops told me that my son had an accident and asked me to go to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital with them,” said Ms. Manju.

She said that the cops took her to the hospital where they asked her about the names of Karan’s friend and informed her about his death due to an accident. She was then taken to the police station.

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We all need badly, to become civilized citizens now .we must do away with all illogical and unhealthy habits .this will be partly encourage if there are strict laws with clearly made provisions for heavy fines in case of violation of norms.But robbing a child of his life and a mother of her only son is no way justified.

from:  Iqbal
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 11:35 IST

Yes, It is not a very Intelligible idea of performing stunts in VIP area but still death penalty ,He's was 19 years old boy. Its not acceptable.It shows the inefficiency & brutality of Delhi Police.They can catch the stunt-riders and then give hard punishment. If they want..

from:  Ravi Saxena
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 09:56 IST

I have witnessed one such stuntmanship in Delhi at late night and
how these guys in their motorcycles without helmet swivel it on the
roads without caring for other people. These stunts are dangerous
and are prone to fatality even in the course of performing them
without any safety device or precaution. Though this particular
incident is a sad one but should be a lesson for these so called
bike gangs to follow the law and keep their adrenalin under check

from:  Hansa
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 09:13 IST

We feel sorry for the death of the teenager.However, the remarks made by the parents on police action is not acceptable.The area is VIP zone and doing the dare devil action is risky to the driver and also to the public.The public are good at preaching law after an accident.If the same is taught to their wards before the incidence the accident could have been avoided.A lapse on the part of police is why the barricades are not made when there are stunt drivers seen driving on the VIP zone?

from:  V.S. Balasubramanian
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 08:32 IST
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