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Cong, CPM seek action against Modi.

THE CONGRESS, which came under a cloud over the Batla House ( in Jamia Nagar, Delhi) encounter, took the high moral ground over the fake killings in Gujarat on Tuesday. The party said the Supreme Court or the Gujarat High Court should take suo moto cognisance of all encounter killings between 2001 and 2009 in the state.

While the Congress termed Modi a " man- eater", the CPM demanded resignation of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and arrest of the police officers involved.

The Congress, too, had come under severe criticism for the way two alleged terrorists were shot dead by the police in the residential locality in Jamia Nagar on September 19, 2008. Several opposition parties had demanded a judicial probe, but the party had stonewalled it.

Questions were raised over the authenticity of the encounter but a subsequent probe by the National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) gave a clean chit to the government.

The Gujarat inquiry has revealed that the fake encounter was executed by several top police officers, including the then city police commissioner K. R. Kaushik, JCP ( crime branch) P. P. Pande, suspended DIG D. G. Vanzara, the then ACP G L Singhal and ACP N. K. Amin for selfish motives.

In response, the Congress lashed out at the Modi government.

" It is a man- eater government... from 2001 to 2009, the government has been working out of the ambit of the law," party spokesperson Manish Tewari old reporters.

" Modi would have been in some other place if the fake encounter had taken place in a foreign country," said law minister Veerappa Moily, implying that action would have been taken in such cases.

Asked about the statement of a Gujarat government spokesman who said the encounter was carried out after an Intelligence Bureau input, Tewari shot back, asking if the Centre had asked the states to kill people without keeping the law in mind.

He said India followed the rule of law.

Demanding Modi's resignation, the CPM politburo demanded that all police personnel involved in the murders be arrested and prosecuted.

" Exemplary punishment has to be meted out in this case as the crime has been committed by those entrusted with upholding the law. Given the spate of illegal encounter killings which took place under the encouragement of the state government, chief minister Narender Modi should take moral responsibility and quit office," the statement added.

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