The National Human Rights Commission has given one week to the Delhi police to reply to the allegation that Sunday's encounter in Ansal Plaza shopping mall, in which two men allegedly belonging to the Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist group were killed, was fake.
The commission also asked police Commissioner R S Gupta to provide security to Dr Hari Krishna, who witnessed the shootout.
Dr Krishna had claimed that the encounter was fake and the two men were empty-handed.
The orders came after Member of Parliament Kuldeep Nayar and journalist Praful Bidwai met NHRC Chairman Justice J S Verma on Wednesday evening.
"We met Justice Verma and asked him to probe the incident. Particularly after we had read the account given by Dr Hari Krishna in the The Asian Age [newspaper]. We asked that the commission should provide full protection to Dr Hari Krishna and his family members," Nayar told rediff.com
"I have spoken to Commissioner R S Gupta and he has intimated to me in writing that he has deputed nine persons to ensure the safety of Dr Krishna and his family members," NHRC Director-General (Investigations) Y N Srivastava told rediff.com
Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Neeraj Kumar told rediff.com that since the force had nothing to hide, there was not much to be worried about.
"Yes, we have received the notice. It was received late in the evening. We have one week's time to respond and send our report to the commission. It will be done," he said.
Meanwhile, the Congress too demanded that the Central government clarify allegations that the encounter was "stage managed".
"We are not aware of the exact facts of the case. Since some section of media have questioned the police encounter at Ansal Plaza, the Government of India must come clean with adequate facts," party spokesman S Jaipal Reddy said.
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