PALGHAR : Mahek, the wife of the the history sheeter Jogendra Govind Rana(40), who was shot dead in an encounter by the Local Crime Branch (LCB) Vasai officials on Monday afternoon, said the firing was a fake encounter and the said cop allegedly sat on Rana's chest and shot at him at point blank range.
Rana (40), a had many criminal cases registered in Bandra, Khar, Kandivli, Juhu and other police stations in Mumbai was shot dead by Mangesh Chavan, using his service revolver in the Radha Nagar area in Tulinj, Nalla Sopara (E). The cop was first allegedly assaulted by Rana with a knife, who had stabbed Chavan in the stomach and arm, said a LCB official.Rana's other accomplice is absconding and the Tulinj police have registered a case of attempt to murder (Section 307) and obstructing government officials on duty (Section 353) of the IPC said the official. Rana's body was sent for a post mortem at the JJ Hospital, and its report is awaited, he added.
Mahek alleged that the constable Chavan sat on Rana's chest and fired two bullets. If my husband was running away, the cops could have chased him and not shoot him to death,said Mahek. My husband had dropped me at the bus stop and she had left forwork. Rana worked as a driver, and also ran a roadside stall for ladies garments and did other odd jobs for a living, said Asma Sayyed, a family friend, and lawyer with whom Rana was employed as a driver. Rana had left crime eight months, after he got married to Mahek, and wanted to lead a decent livin, said Sayyed and the couple stayed in M D Nagar, NallaSopara (E),she said.
Surendra, the elder brother of the victim, said Rana had been acquitted of all criminal cases four years ago and since then, there was no police case in Palghar Police district and alleged that the police claim of several cases against him was false. If Govind assaulted the said cop, they should have caught him, as he was not some hardened criminal to be shot dead at point blank range, said Surendra. We want Chavan and Sakpal to be charged for murder, said Surendra.
According to the statement,Chavan and his colleague, LCB constable Manoj Sakpal were on a motorbike when they spotted Rana near a wada pav stall. Chavan stopped the bike and approached Rana and asked Rana to surrender. However, in the statement, Chavan said Rana pulled out a knife and assaulted him, and in return, Chavan using his service revolver fired two bullets, instantly killing Rana. Soon, Chavan informed his superiors about the incident, and they reached the spot and Chavan was admitted in the Tulinj Civic hospital for injuries along with Sakpal who also suffered minor injuries due to the scuffle.
When contacted, Manjunath Singe, Superintendent of Police (SP),Palghar said he personally spoke to the family and also visited the crime scene. My staff fired at Rana in self defence and if there are any allegations or further facts available, we will verify and take necessary action, said Singe. I have also told the famil to come to me if they have any complaints, said Singe.