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The “encounter” victim was to get married soon

Encounter a mistake, admit authorites

Government orders magisterial inquiry

CHANDIGARH: Commercial and educational establishments were forcibly shut down as students took to the streets in Bhiwani in Haryana to protest against the killing of a college student by the Hansi police late on Sunday night.

Demonstrators clashed with police over the “encounter” killing of Kuldip (22), which authorities later admitted was a “mistake.”

The final-year graduation student was returning to Bhiwani after attending a social function, when some policemen from Hansi in Hisar district, who had set up a ‘naka’ to nab a gangster, reportedly shot him in the head. Kuldip was to get married soon.

A pall of gloom descended on the district headquarters town as news spread of the killing of the youth, who was to get married soon.During the protests, a mob surrounded the police station near the Clock Tower and burnt vehicles and threw stones at the policemen. The protesters were demanding the immediate arrest of and registration of a case against the policemen who shot Kuldip.

The government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. A senior district police officer said a case was registered against eight Hansi police personnel and one constable arrested.

Compensation

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharambir Singh announced that the government would give a grant of Rs. 5 lakh and employment to a member of Kuldip’s family. The Bhiwani District Red Cross Society would give Rs. 2 lakh to the family.

Haryana Janhit Congress leader Kuldip Bishnoi charged the government with “letting loose a reign of terror in the State through the police.”

The former Haryana Chief Minister, Bhajan Lal, who visited the residence of the victim, demanded imposition of President’s Rule in the State as “utter lawlessness” prevailed.

The Indian National Lok Dal also demanded the sacking of the Hooda government as ‘jungle raj and total anarchy’ prevailed in the State.

In a statement, INLD secretary-general and Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Singh Chautala said it was highly condemnable that the police and the government were trying to protect the policemen by stating that it was an “accidental death” or that “the police opened fire after the boy ran away.”

In another incident two weeks ago, the Haryana police killed Jaswir Singh Jassa of Dhakla village in a ‘fake’ encounter, Mr. Chautala said.

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