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Faridabad cops booked for killing man in ‘encounter’

A sub-inspector with the Crime Branch, named Rakesh, and his team were booked for murder after a 26-year-old man was allegedly shot dead in an encounter in Faridabad’s Pauta, based on a complaint by his kin, police said. According to police, Balvinder alias Ballu, who is allegedly involved in four cases of robbery and snatching, allegedly fired at the police team.

“In response, the police team shot at Ballu in self-defence and retaliatory action. A case under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) has been registered against the Crime Branch team in Sector 48 on a complaint by the father of the deceased at Dhauj police station,” said Sube Singh, Faridabad Police spokesperson.

Ramesh, Ballu’s father, however, told The Indian Express that he was unarmed. “In the early hours of Sunday, Ballu was heading home from a temple nearby when the police shot at him. They took him to BK Hospital, but he died. I came to know about this at 7 am when the sarpanch called me. He was informed by police and they were alleging that my son was a criminal and killed because it was in self-defence. They are trying to protect themselves, this is murder,” he alleged.

Balvinder is survived by his wife and three kids. In the complaint, lodged after they held a sit-in at the mortuary of BK Hospital, his father claimed, “My only son, Ballu…was murdered last night around 1.30 am near the temple in the middle of the village by CIA 48 in-charge Rakesh and his team…Therefore, I request that a thorough investigation be conducted by the appropriate officers…” He also requested police to ensure the safety of him and his family.

The family along with the villagers also held a panchayat on Monday to protest against the incident and sought action against the accused officers. They also met Faridabad MP and Union MoS Krishan Pal Gurjar to discuss the issue, police said.

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Police said that after the post-mortem, the deceased’s relatives refused to take the body for the last rites and created a commotion and sat in front of the BK Hospital morgue.

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“In connection with the application, officers had conducted an inquiry and a report had been registered in the Daily Diary Register. Today, officers arrived at the incident location in Pauta village, where statements were recorded from the relatives of the deceased,” the duty officer stated in the FIR.

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Police said there are four cases against Bablu at Mujesar, sector 58, and Saran police station under IPC sections including 392, 506, 379B and 452.

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