Post-mortem report substantiates Rahul's cold blooded murder:Nitish

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Patna, Nov 6 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said Rahul Raj's post-mortem report clearly indicated that his killing was a ''cold-blooded murder in a fake encounter by Mumbai police.'' Demanding lodging of a 'criminal case' against the guilty police officers, Mr Kumar told mediapersons here that the post-mortem report had proved beyond doubt that Mumbai police had killed Rahul in a cold-blooded manner instead of overpowering him.

He said, the investigation of the Rahul murder case should now be handed over to CBI and a criminal case lodged against the guilty police officials charging them with murder.

''Protesting against the unprovoked attacks on north Indians, particularly the Biharis, in Maharashtra, I met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the leader of an all- party delegation in New Delhi on October 27, the day Rahul was killed in a fake encounter with Mumbai police,'' the Chief Minister said.

''During the hour-long meeting with the Prime Minister in presence of several other leaders, we demanded a judicial inquiry to probe the entire episode,'' Mr Kumar said and blamed the Mumbai police for 'deliberately launching the fake encounter and killing Rahul'.

Questioning how the crime branch of the same police force could do justice with the case, Mr Kumar alleged that under the present circumstances, it would definitely try its best to cover up the matter.

Reiterating that there was no justification in conducting the probe of Rahul's murder by the Maharashtra Chief Secretary, Mr Kumar said that even if a senior IAS officer was to investigate the matter, he should have been vested with magisterial powers.

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