Saturday, April 28, 2007

Gujarat "fake encounter" resonates in LS

New Delhi, April 28 (PTI): The alleged fake encounter in Gujarat resonated in the Lok Sabha today with non-BJP members attacking the Narendra Modi Government saying a message was going round that minorities were being targeted there.

Participating in a debate on the Demands for Grants of the Home Ministry, members from Samajwadi Party, CPI(M), Congress, RJD and BSP termed as serious the killing of one Sohrabuddin allegedly in a fake encounter in the state.

Three senior IPS officers, including a Deputy Inspector General, had been arrested in connection with the case.

"It is not the issue of an individual being killed after being branded as a terrorist... If innocent people are killed in this way, it will be like inviting new terrorists and naxals," said Ramjilal Suman (SP).

"Gujarat appears to be becoming a terrorist manufacturing machine," he alleged evoking sharp protest from BJP's Ratilal Verma.

Suman said the gravity of the situation was more in view of reports that the Gujarat Home Minister might be involved in the incident.

The SP member alleged innocent people were being killed in Gujarat in fake encounters in a way similar to 2002 riots which were "organised".

"A message is going to the outside world that innocent people are being killed after being labelled as terrorists," he said adding it was not good for the country and sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard.

He also sought a CBI probe to unearth the truth.

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