Letter to Delhi Police Commissoner on harassment of Ansal Plaza shootout witness

PEOPLE’S UNION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS

26 April 2007

To,

The Commissioner,

Delhi Police,

New Delhi

Sir,

People’s Union for Democratic Rights is shocked to learn of the continuing harassment of Hari Krishna, the eye witness to the fake encounter at Ansal Plaza. In his complaint to the NHRC earlier this month, Hari Krishna stated that the Delhi Police has lodged a false case against him, in order to shield the guilty police personnel involved in the fake encounter. From the very beginning in November 2002, Hari Krishna has faced harassment and intimidation by the police.

As a witness to the fake encounter, Hari Krishna had rebutted the Special Cell’s claim that the police had managed to foil and prevent a shoot out at the busy shopping mall by two hard core terrorists on November 3, 2002. He had instead said that the two were empty handed and were mercilessly beaten before being shot.

Today, after over four years, Hari Krishna is still fighting for his witness account. In his statement he reminded the NHRC that “our only guilt was that we tried to say boldly what we saw at the spot." Witnesses to such fake encounters are not easy to find as there is intense pressure from the police. In the present case, the witness’s credibility was doubted from the very beginning by the police and he has been harassed and intimidated from then onwards.

PUDR is very concerned about the continuing harassment of Hari Krishna by police personnel. In the recently debated cases over the media, this point has been established that witnesses turn hostile as they cannot bear the intense pressure that is brought upon them by the accused. And if the accused are members of the police who are also involved in investigation, then the harassment is doubled.

We would like to know the measures taken by your office to end the harassment and intimidation of Hari Krishna. We would also like to remind you that in a meeting held with you in April 2004, we had placed a set of questions regarding ‘encounters’, here, in Delhi. You had said that your office would communicate with us at the earliest (10th May 2004) after going through the relevant files. Till date, no communication has been received. We hope that you will respond to our queries this time round.

Nagraj Adve

Secretary, PUDR

5, Miranda House Teachers’ Flats,

Chhatra Marg

Delhi University

Delhi 11007

Email: [email protected]

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