Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police’s statement on the recent Barabanki encounter has raised questions on the laxity of officers as the time of the encounter in police records differs from the data of the health centre where the suspected criminal was admitted.
According to the press release issued by Barabanki police, the encounter took place at 4:15 am, while the entry register (a copy of which is with News18) shows the suspected criminal’s time of admission at Dariyabad Community Health Centre as 3:40 am.
When News18 inquired about the difference in timings, Barabanki ASP Shashikant Tiwari said that it was a clerical mistake. “The timing mentioned in the media statement is a clerical mistake. The working of the police is unquestionable and encounter was certainly genuine,” he said.
The man, Akash Yadav, shot in the encounter claimed that he was taken into custody by the police hours before the ‘encounter’ in Barabanki’s Dariyabad area. Yadav was shot in the leg by the police following which he admitted at the CHC.
The family members of the accused have claimed that there was no case registered on Yadav in Barabanki, whatsoever, yet he was taken to Barabanki for interrogation.
Yadav’s kin met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in this regard on Friday and pleaded for justice.
Accompanying the family, SP MLC Raju Yadav claimed that the man was shot in the ‘encounter’ due to Madiaon SHO's “enmity” with the accused when the officer was posted as SHO in Dariyabad.
“There was no case on Akash in Barabanki and the case that police has mentioned in the press release is over now. Also, other cases mentioned in the release are not registered in Barabanki, then how come the SHO took him in custody and did an encounter. It was only due to presence of mind of Akash that his life was saved,” the MLC said.
The man had claimed on Thursday that the police officers covered his face and took him to Dariyabad before shooting in the leg. Yadav said that he even asked the officers to explain why he was taken to Barabanki district when he was detained in Lucknow’s Mahanagar area.
“Yadav was taken when he warned the policemen that the CCTV footage will expose them and they will not be able to get away with fake encounter. We demand justice and FIR policemen involved in this fake encounter to be booked under charges of attempt to murder. Also, monetary compensation should be given to the family whose son was shot,” said the SP MLC.