Year after SHRC order, CID begins probe into triple murder
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Almost a year after the State Human Rights Commission recommended investigation by the Crime Branch CID into a triple murder case that took place in Lucknow's Thakurganj area in January 2010, the agency has begun the probe.
CB-CID officials have recorded statements of family members of the victims, visited the spot of the crime and recorded statements of the locals.
The SHRC issued the order on a complaint filed by Shaheen Parveen, who lost her father Rajab Ali, mother Zahida and minor daughter Sana Parveen. She alleged that police never took action against the suspects she had named.
"We are happy that the inquiry has begun. We hope the real accused will be booked and the motive of murder cleared," said Shaheen's husband Javed, a businessman.
Shaheen had questioned the police theory that the crime was carried out by youths — one of whom, Pawan, was killed by the police in an "encounter" a few days later. She that the purpose of the assailants was to murder and not loot, as claimed by the police.
The police, however, claimed they had recovered jewellery and other articles from Pawan and his accomplice Raj Kumar, currently lodged in jail. The police said there was a third accused, whose identity could not be ascertained.
Shaheen alleged that after the crime, the police called her brother Parvez Siddiqui and told him that one Raj Kumar had confessed to his involvement in the crime, but since nothing was recovered from him he would be acquitted. Therefore, Shaheen said, the family gave a wrist watch, a pair of spectacles, a bag and some artificial jewellery to the police, which were shown as recovery from the accused.
Her story is corroborated by Pawan's parents that their son was innocent and shot by the police in cold blood. Incidentally, the commission had also ordered a CB-CID inquiry into Pawan's encounter in July 8, 2010, and asked it to submit the report in six months, but the government did not implement the commission's orders. The complaint to SHRC was filed by Pawan's mother Rama Devi.
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