Bhopal encounter is 'fake' says Katju,demands death sentence for those involved
He described the encounter as an 'extra judicial killing'.
While many senior leaders of ruling BJP have praised the security force for the encounter in which eight activists of banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India were gunned down in Bhopal, many are questioning the credibility of the action
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Prithviraj Chouhan even visited the house of Ramashankar Yadav, a head constable who was killed by the undertrials when they were escaping Bhopal Central Jail in Diwali night.
Former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju joined the group who were questioning the credibility of the episode. He described the "so-called 'encounter' in Bhopal was fake" in a Facebook post. Katju also demanded death sentence for those who ordered the encounter.
"All those responsible for it, not only those who did the actual executions, but also those who ordered it, including politicians and senior police officers, must be given death sentence, as held by my bench in the Supreme Court in Prakash Kadam vs. Ramprasad Vishwanath Gupta (see online)", he wrote.
"Sanjeev Shami, the Inspector General of the Anti-Terror Squad, said that the eight SIMI under-trial escapees were unarmed, and no cop was injured. It is thus evident that the escapees were shot in cold blood", Katju wrote in another post.
He questioned Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh's statements that the escaped undertrials were armed with spoons and plates.
Giving the references of Supreme Court rulings in Prakash Kadam vs. Ramprasad Vishwanath Gupta case he wrote: "in cases of fake encounter, the death sentence must be given, as such act belongs to the 'rarest of the rare' category because a 'rakshak' had become a 'bhakshak'".
"Chargesheeting for murder not only for the police officers and men who committed these cold blooded murders, but also the politicians (including ministers), senior bureaucrats and police officers who gave the order, and if found guilty, they must be hanged." he added.