NEW DELHI: Starting a new norm of police seeking protection from police, an arrested sub-inspector on Sunday moved the Supreme Court apprehending danger from encounter specialists in UP Police, who killed gangster Vikas Dubey and five of his associates within a week of the killing of eight policemen in Bikru village on July 3.
Accused of being Dubey’s mole who tipped him off about an impending police raid that led to heavy firing by the gangster and his associates, resulting in the death of the cops, the sub-inspector of Chaubeypur police station, K K Sharma, and his wife Vinita Sirohi requested the SC for a CBI probe into the July 3 incident on the ground that the deaths of colleagues would make the probe by UP Police biased.
Sharma and his wife also feared for their lives after the encounter killings of Dubey and his five associates. Such is his fear of getting killed in an encounter that Sharma requested the SC that he must not be brought out of the jail and that his interrogation should take place inside the prison.
“After seeing the incidents of encounters of the alleged accused persons in the present FIR (July 3 incident), petitioner is of the confirmed opinion and has full apprehension that her husband may be eliminated by adopting illegal and unconstitutional means,” Sirohi said while moving the petition for her husband and herself.
“The incidents of encounters of alleged accused persons named in the FIR fully prove the fact that UP Police have no faith in courts of law and the law of the land and are giving final verdict of punishment by adopting illegal and unconstitutional manners,” she said and referred to a pending petition by the NGO People’s Union for Civil Liberties which sought a probe into encounter killings in UP during 2016-18. Incidentally, PUCL had moved an application in the SC on Saturday seeking a court-monitored probe into the encounter killings of Dubey and his associates.
The arrested sub-inspector and his wife said, “Actions of UP Police and its agencies have proven that no accused is safe even in their custody and such incidents of extra-judicial killings of accused persons have eroded the confidence of the accused as well as the general public from the rule of law and the principles enshrined in the Constitution.”
Sirohi said Sharma was unable to “come directly before the SC since he is confined to jail and due to lockdown in the whole of UP, he is unable to approach this court directly”. She said she was unable to contact her husband and apprehended danger to her life.
On the accusation of being Dubey’s mole, the petitioner said, “Sharma was directed by his in-charge Vinay Tiwari to remain at the (Chaubeypur) police station and told him in the night that he is going in a team for the arrest of some criminal as per the instructions to him on phone with further instructions to conduct a cross-checking at GT Crossing Road (sic). The contents of the alleged general diary details itself is proof (sic) and speak volumes of the lies being circulated by UP Police. Sharma is being falsely accused of trying to run away whereas it is a matter of record that he was living in the quarters situated within the premises of the police station.”