As the killing of Pushpendra Yadav in an alleged encounter in Jhansi triggered a political row with Opposition leaders flocking to his home and targeting the BJP state government, the UP Police Wednesday registered an FIR into the encounter.
Another FIR was registered earlier against Yadav, his brother Ravinder and cousin Vipin for allegedly firing at Moth police station SHO Dharmender Chauhan, who had seized Yadav’s truck about a week earlier, on October 6. This FIR states that the three men were cornered by police hours later and after a brief shootout, Yadav was shot dead and Ravinder and Vipin escaped.
But the case took an unusual turn Wednesday with Yadav’s brother Ravinder asserting that he has proof that he was in Delhi at the time of the encounter. In fact, he said was completing a 10-hour shift at the JLN Stadium metro station as a DMRC employee.
He also has a leave certificate issued by his senior officer at the DMRC violet line, which started from October 6 and ends on October 31. “I am a constable with the CISF. I got a call saying my brother shot at an SHO. I applied for my leave and rushed back home. Then I got to know I am an accused. I was never there. If I was, they would have arrested me,” Ravinder told The Indian Express.
Asked about Ravinder’s claim, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Jhansi, Rahul Mithas said: “If he (Ravinder) was not there then his…