Victims's father cries fake encounter, CM demands probe

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Patna, Oct 27 (UNI) The father of Rahul Prasad, who was shot dead by the Mumbai police today, described the shoot-out as a ''fake encounter''.

Denying that his 25-year-old son plotted to kill MNS chief Raj Thackeray, Mr Kundan Prasad told mediapersons here that his son went to Mumbai on October 24 in search of a better job.

''He was never involved in politics, neither had he any personal grudge against Mr Thackeray,'' Mr Prasad said while reiterating his claim that Rahul was killed in a 'fake encounter'.

''My son also never had any criminal antecedent,'' he said.

He said Rahul was a diploma holder from Patna based Indian Institute of Health Education(IIHE) and went to Mumbai alone last Friday in search of a better job. He was staying with his elder sister in Mumbai.

Mr Prasad said he Rahul last talked to him yesterday and was ''in a perfect frame of mind'' and said he desired to return home after Diwali.

He claimed that his son was 'murdered' by the Mumbai police in 'cold blood'.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, presently in New Delhi to lead an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to apprise him of the unprovoked attacks on Biharis people from Bihar in Maharashtra, condemned Rahul's killing.

''From the TV clippings it seemed that he could easily have been over-powered and arrested by the police instead of shooting him down,'' Mr Kumar said and demanded a probe into the incident.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and opposition RJD General Secretary and Party's national spokesman Shyam Rajak also condemned the incident.

Rahul Prasad, a resident of Patna, was gunned down by the Mumbai police inside a BEST bus this morning on charges of hijacking the bus and threatening to kill MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

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