Rohtak encounter: FIR says businessman knew abductors, had drinks with them

Written by VARINDER BHATIA | Chandigarh | Updated: Jul 10 2014, 15:02pm hrs
The manner in which the Delhi Police shot dead a young couple in an encounter in Rohtak on Monday, accusing them of abducting a businessman, has raised many questions. The FIR registered in the alleged abduction of Najafgarh-based businessman, Ramlal, in Chhawala police station in Southwest Delhi contradicts polices claims.

The FIR, accessed by Newsline, indicates that Ramlal, Rajkumar and Jyoti were known to each other. All three had consumed liqour on the evening of July 6, the evening when it was alleged that Ramlal was abducted. There was no third person accompanying Rajkumar and Jyoti at that time.

The FIR no. 401, dated July 7, was registered on the basis of statement given by Krishan, an employee working at Ramlals slipper factory. In his statement to police, that is reproduced in the FIR, Krishan claimed, I, Krishan... work as an employee in the factory of Ramlal, resident of Sikarpur, New Delhi. Ramlal runs a factory in Sarika Vihar. On the evening of July 6, a man named Rajkumar and his wife came to meet Ramlal at the factory. All three consumed liqour in the factory and late night, Rajkumar and his wife pulled a pistol at Ramlal and me and abducted both of us in an Ertiga car... They locked us in a house and Rajkumar and his wife threatened Ramlal to give them Rs 20 lakh ransom or else they will eliminate both of us. Ramlal gave me the keys of his safe and asked me to contact his brother and fetch the money. Rajkumar and his wife had kidnapped my employer Ramlal in Rohtak and sent me to fetch the ransom money. Please save my employer Ramlal...

The fact that a couple, one of them a woman, could abduct two men in a car and drive from Delhi to Rohtak raises many questions.

Also, while shooting at the Ertiga in which Rajkumar and Jyoti were spotted in Rohtak, the Delhi Police claimed that there was a third person in the car who managed to escape. The Delhi Police officers had also claimed that they were shot at by the occupants of the Ertiga and that they had fired in retaliation killing Rajkumar and injuring Jyoti, who later died at a hospital.

However, the Delhi Police did not recover any weapon from the car or the spot that might have been used for firing at them.

Krishans statement that Rajkumar came with his wife is contradicted by Rajkumars father Satbir who says his son was never married.

Satbir said, There is a possibility that Rajkumar and Ramlal had some financial dispute and Ramlal owed him some money. If the FIR states that both of them consumed liquor at Ramlals factory, it indicates that they knew each other. That does not mean that the Delhi Police start shooting people dead without verifying facts. I have written to the district administration demanding a CBI probe into the murder of my son.

If Ramlals employee Krishans statement is to be believed, both Ramlal and Rajkumar must have shared phone calls as well. This can be easily found out by scrutinising their mobile phone call records, a senior Haryana police officer said.