Agra Court Directs UP Cops To Probe Alleged Fake Encounter Of Agnipath Aspirant

The Agra court has directed the Agra police to investigate allegations of the mother of 20-year-old youth that he was killed in a fake encounter while he was coming to the city to prepare for the Agnipath recruitment test, her lawyer claimed here on Sunday.

Bhartendra Singh (lawyer of the victim’s mother), said that “The court of a chief judicial magistrate in Agra has directed Agra police to lodge a complaint. It has also directed the Commissioner of Agra Police to set up an independent investigation agency in this regard.”

Asked about it, Sonam Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), told PTI, “FIR has not been registered yet. Prima facie, was not a fake encounter. We will take legal advice in this case and act accordingly.”

Mr. Singh stated that the victim, Akash Gurjar, was a resident of Gadhora in the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. He was an Agnipath aspirant and on the evening of September 26, 2022, he left home to stay with his brother Vishnu who works at the Central Ordnance Depot in Agra, the lawyer said. But on September 27 the family members were informed by Iradatnagar Police in Agra that he had been killed in an encounter.

He alleged that “The postmortem report suggests that Akash was shot at from a close range. In FIRs, police claimed that he had left the tractor and tried to flee while firing at them. But, pictures from the crime scene clearly show blood on both sides of the tractor driver’s seat.”

He said the court order came recently on the plea of Mamta Devi (mother of the victim).

She claimed that her son was coming to Agra by bus and when he got down to go to the toilet, he was abducted by the policeman and shot dead.

She told reporters that “My son even didn’t know to drive a tractor. He had passed Class 12 and was preparing for Army exams.”

She further added that he was treated in Agra and later he was shifted to King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow for treatment.

Mamta Devi claimed that “During treatment, my son informed me about the incident and said that he was innocent.”

Akash died on November 13 in KGMU during treatment, she said.

She further added that “I want justice… action against those who were involved in the fake encounter of my son.”

Previously, Police claimed that Akash was involved in illegal sand mining. Two FIRs were also registered at the Iradatnagar Police Station in Agra in this regard.

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