Rahul Raj’s father to meet president for justice

November 10th, 2008 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Nov 10 (IANS) Frustrated and disappointed, K.P. Singh, the father of Rahul Raj, the Bihar youth shot dead by Mumbai Police in a commuter bus last month, will meet President Pratibha Patil Tuesday to seek justice.”I will meet President Pratibha Patil Tuesday as per given time to request for justice,” Singh, who says he has lost faith in politicians in view of the justifications being bandied around for his son’s killing, said here Monday before leaving for Delhi.

Singh, along with his daughter Priyanka, will also submit a memorandum to the president demanding stern action against the policemen involved in Rahul Raj’s killing.

“Our last hope for justice is the president of India before approaching the Supreme Court,” Singh maintained.

Singh, who claims his son was killed in a “fake encounter” on Oct 27, said that two weeks after the incident, he was yet to receive his son’s autopsy report or a list of the items police had recovered from Raj’s possession.

“Neither the Mumbai police nor the Bihar police tried to help an unlucky father like me who lost his elder son in a fake encounter,” Singh said in a choked voice.

“I fail to understand why the Mumbai police killed an innocent boy.”

Police shot dead Raj, 25, after he allegedly attacked the conductor of a commuter bus and fired at a passenger with his revolver.

Before being shot dead, Raj had said that he wanted to kill Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Thackeray for inciting his party workers to attack youths from Bihar who were in Mumbai for a railway recruitment examination.

Singh said the Maharashtra government’s delay in ordering a judicial probe into the incident was frustrating.

Raj’s killing sparked a row between politicians of Maharashtra and Bihar with several parties demanding a judicial probe into the incident. Maharashtra Chief Secretary Johny Joseph is conducting an independent probe into the incident while the Mumbai police Crime Branch is also conducting an internal enquiry into it.

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