When Sheikh Haider Ali, 58, was arrested after a daring escape bid and introduced again to jail in April, many thought pending trial in circumstances towards the convicted prisoner could be fast-tracked. His loss of life in a police encounter whereas being shifted from one jail to a different on July 24 afternoon has rattled human rights activists and political observers in Odisha, who’ve known as the incident “pointless and immoral” and demanded a probe.
Haider’s spouse, Hasina Bibi, who lives in his ancestral home in Kendrapara, has dubbed the encounter as homicide by police. “The police killed him,” she stated, crying. “We had been cooperating within the police investigation towards him. However the police have intentionally killed him.” The state authorities has deployed a lot of policemen in Kendrapara to stop any unrest following Haider’s loss of life.
Police stated Haider was shot when he tried to flee whereas being shifted from a jail in Chaudhwar in Cuttack district to at least one in Baripada in Mayurbhanj on July 24 afternoon. He was pronounced useless upon arrival on the Balasore district headquarters hospital. Footage of Haider together with his higher physique splattered with blood beamed on tv information channels, sparking combined views in regards to the incident.
Statements made by two senior cops instantly after Haider’s encounter have raised questions aplenty. Each Bhubaneswar-Cuttack twin-city Police Commissioner Soumendra Priyadarshi and Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh stated of their statements to the media that Haider was fired upon “in a managed method”.
“When the escort celebration was getting him down the bus in order that he may ease himself, he snatched a gun from a uniformed personnel and tried to run in an escape bid. The escort celebration was pressured to fireside upon him in a managed method with a view to forestall his escape. He was holding a gun and making an attempt to run away,” stated Soumendra Priyadarshi.
Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh stated, “Within the police escort, there was a guard with him (Haider). He tried to grab his gun and there ensued a scuffle between them. He was given a warning. When he tried to flee with the gun, our sub-inspector fired at him in a managed method to stop him from escaping”.
Sheikh Haider, who was convicted in two homicide circumstances and sentenced to life in imprisonment each occasions, had risen from being a poor rickshaw-puller in Kendrapara to a dreaded gangster in Odisha. He had been in jail since March 2011.
“Was this managed firing? Haider was shot within the chest. So how can we are saying it was managed firing? This appears to be homicide by police within the title of encounter. Regardless of how large a legal an individual is, when they’re in police or jail custody it’s solely unsuitable to shoot at them. This so-called and disputed encounter must be investigated and the responsible policemen and officers have to be booked,” stated senior journalist and columnist Sandeep Sahu.
Dr Sunita Mohanty, state training officer of the Worldwide Human Rights Council (IHRC), stated: “The police haven’t any proper to punish, not to mention kill anybody. If Haider had tried to flee, the police may have shot him underneath the waist to stop his escape. That will have been firing in a managed method. This loss of life seems to have been a cold-blooded homicide by males in uniform. It must be investigated and the perpetrators have to be punished. We’ll increase this subject.”
“Haider was a gangster. His loss of life might not spark public outrage. Nonetheless, the style wherein he died whereas the police had been taking him from Chaudhwar jail to Baripada jail is actually being considered with suspicion. The firing was not managed in any respect. He seems to have been intentionally murdered. The matter must be investigated,” stated Rabi Das, a senior journalist and political analyst.
Senior Congress chief Pradip Majhi known as Haider’s loss of life within the encounter “a easy homicide by the police” and demanded an intensive investigation. “Has Odisha turn into Uttar Pradesh? Killing anybody in police custody is a very a legal act. The culprits must be punished,” stated Majhi.
Nonetheless, senior journalist and columnist Shital Tarang Beuria, noticed nothing unsuitable in Haider’s loss of life and the police encounter. “Encounters ought to occur every so often. There may be nothing unsuitable in it. This may scale back crime. There may be nothing unsuitable in infamous criminals like Haider bein eradicated in encounters,” he stated.