Court convicts 3 policemen for killing two in fake encounter

A court here today convicted three suspended Delhi police personnel for murdering two men after abducting them from Uttar Pradesh in a fake encounter in 2006.

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 00:47 AM IST

New Delhi: A court here today convicted three
suspended Delhi police personnel for murdering two men after
abducting them from Uttar Pradesh in a fake encounter in 2006.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma held then Delhi
police constables Ashok Kumar, Sudesh Kumar Rana and Surajpal
guilty under various provisions of the IPC including that of
murder, abduction and criminal conspiracy.

The court, however, acquitted five of their colleagues
Naresh, Ravinder, Pradeep Sharma, Satish Kumar and Yashpal
Singh saying "they were taken for a ride by the accused and
used by the conspirators to execute their nefarious design".

All the accused policemen were posted at Operation Cell of
the north District here.

They abducted Zulfikar and Nazakat from Ghaziabad court
and killed them in cold blood at a place here under Timarpur
police station on July 31, 2006.

According to the prosecution, constable Ashok Kumar was
harbouring a grudge against the duo as they were accused of
killing his younger brother Digamber in 2004.

Kumar had hatched a conspiracy with all the other accused,
including the then Assistant Sub Inspector Pramod Kumar Tyagi
who could not be arrested and was declared proclaimed
offender, and eliminated the victims.

In its 80-page judgement, the court relied on the
statement of witnesses, besides the circumstantial evidence
including the mobile phone records of the accused, to hold the
accused guilty.

The accused policemen, who claimed that a Maruti car was
also recovered in the alleged encounter, suffered a setback as
the court noted that the vehicle reportedly used by the
victims was planted as it was not in a running condition.

The matter relating to the killing of the two men was
transferred to Delhi and a case was registered with Timarpur
police station on August 10, 2006.

The prosecution examined 68 witnesses to prove the charges
against the accused.

The court is likely to pronounce the quantum of sentence
against the guilty policemen on July 15.

- PTI