The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

The fam­ily mem­bers of a man killed in an al­leged en­counter with the So­la­pur Po­lice on Sun­day claim that he was killed for money. Vi­nayak Kale was shot dead dur­ing an op­er­a­tion of the po­lice against an in­ter-state diesel smug­gling gang in the south Ma­ha­rash­tra dis­trict. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Kale and as­so­ciates were in­ter­cepted by the au­thor­i­ties while they were trav­el­ling in a car laden with weapons at Ule­gaon, some 400 km from Mum­bai. Three po­lice­men in­clud­ing So­la­pur taluka po­lice sta­tion in-charge Vi­jay Patil were hurt dur­ing the en­counter, said an of­fi­cer. How­ever, Kale’s fam­ily mem­bers de­manded a thor­ough in­quiry into the in­ci­dent. Ac­cord­ing to them, Kale had fin­ished his school­ing and was pre­par­ing to ap­pear for po­lice re­cruit­ment tests. They said the po­lice was de­mand­ing money from him and killed him for fail­ing to pony up. There are marks of be­ing se­verely thrashed on Vi­nayak’s body. Hence, the case needs to be thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated, the rel­a­tives have said. The po­lice, how­ever, said Vi­nayak had three reg­is­tered cases against him. How­ever, the case will be in­ves­ti­gated as per the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion guide­lines, SP Manoj Patil said.

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