Father seeks justice for Patna youth killed in Mumbai

October 27th, 2008 - 8:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Oct 27 (IANS) Kundan Prasad Singh’s family was Monday busy making preparations for Diwali when the news came from Mumbai that his son Rahul Raj was shot down by the police. The shocked father said he wanted an independent probe into the incident.“We want justice. My son was killed in a fake encounter. It was a big conspiracy and a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe will expose the truth,” Singh said here.

“I will approach court for a CBI probe,” he said.

Raj, 25, was shot in a city transport bus in Mumbai by the police after he attacked the conductor and fired in the air, according to Maharashtra officials.

Singh said he never expected such a tragedy to take place a day before Diwali. “It was beyond my wildest dreams,” Singh told IANS in a choked voice.

He said he failed to understand how his son was killed. “He was innocent and had nothing to do with any (political) activity,” he said.

The officials in Mumbai said Rahul had raised slogans hailing Bihar and Patna.

While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking in New Delhi, criticised the Mumbai police action, the state government in Patna announced it will send a senior police official to Mumbai to inquire into the matter.

A group of angry students protested the killing and blocked the busy Nala road here.

The state police alerted all railway stations and deployed police forces to prevent any untoward incident in retailiation.

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