3 policemen get life term for killing 2 in fake encounter

Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 20:30

New Delhi: A Delhi court today sentenced
three Delhi police personnel to life imprisonment for
murdering two men in a fake encounter after abducting them
from Uttar Pradesh in 2006 saying that their act was a "stark
illustration of protectors turning predators".

"This case is a stark illustration of alarming increase
of the criminal behaviour in the police force where the
protectors are predators," Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh
Sharma said, pronouncing the order on sentence.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1.30 lakh each on
convicts Ashok Kumar and Surajpal and Rs 1.50 lakh on Sudesh
Rana, besides the prison term.

It had on July 12 held them guilty of murder, abduction
and criminal conspiracy for killing Zulfikar, 28, and Nazakat,
26.

The court refused to show leniency to the convicts saying
they had abused their position being the policemen but said
the act did not fall in the rarest of rare category to earn
them death penalty.

"The convicts were in active police service. They were the
protectors of the law and supposed to uphold the spirit of
law. They abused their power in getting the deceased abducted
and got them eliminated.

"They not only tarnished the image of the organisation but
also eroded the credibility of the police force in general,"
the court said.

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 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 a proclaimed
offender, and eliminated the victims.

"The genesis of the case lies in the fact that convict
Ashok wanted to take revenge of the death of his brother and
the culpability of the other convicts lies in the fact that
they become a willing party in the decision of convict Ashok
to eliminate the deceased," the court said.

Out of the total fine, the court directed that a sum of Rs
1,50 lakh each would paid to the family of the victims.
In its 80-page judgement, the court had relied on the
statement of witnesses, besides the circumstantial evidence
including the mobile phone records of the accused, to hold the
accused guilty.

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".

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.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 20:30

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