A day after sub inspector Akhtar Khan was shot dead during a failed police raid in Dadri, the family of the deceased held the team behind the raid responsible and demanded a probe into the encounter.
The family accused Khan's team members of fleeing after he got shot while demanding an immediate enquiry into the incident.
Mohammed Shahrukh, a cousin of the Khan, on speaking to Hindustan Times said,“When they knew that the suspects were armed, then why did they keep Khan in front of them? It shows the police team does not have enough experience to handle such situations.”
According to a The Times of India report, Shahrukh also claimed Khan could have survived had medical aid been provided on time. "His body was recovered nearly two hours after the shootout from the scene. The gate was opened by some other inspector. Khan was behind him," he was quoted saying.
Khan's family has refused to conduct his last rites till the accused are arrested.
Wahid Khan, the sub inspector's elder brother, as reported by Mail Today, told the reporters, "We want a probe in the incident and will not conduct the last rites till they are not arrested."
Wahid has also alleged that police personnel in the raiding team fled from the spot leaving Khan alone. However, police officials have denied the charge.
“We have initiated enquiry to find out the role of policemen in the raiding team during the encounter. The inspector of Dadri police station has been sent to police lines with immediate effect,” said Kiran S, Senior Superintendent of Police (Gautam Budh Nagar), as reported by The Hindu.
The deceased sub inspector was leading a team that raided a hideout of criminals at Nai Abadi in Dadri, which is 30 km from Delhi.
On a tip off that a wanted criminal, Sultan, was hiding at a house in Dadri, the team had reached the spot.
On arrival, Sultan opened fire and an encounter ensued in which Khan was killed.