Ranbir fake encounter: Five accused cops granted bail

Last Updated: Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 17:45

Dehra Dun: A day after their bail pleas were
rejected by a CBI court, five cops chargesheeted by the
investigating agency in the alleged fake encounter case of
Ghaziabad youth Ranbir Singh, on Saturday got relief with a district
court granting them bail.

District and Sessions Judge U C Dhyani granted bail to
the five constables after hearing their applications, CBI
sources said.
The constables-- Satbir Singh, Sunil Saini, Chandrapal,
Nagendra Rathi and Sanjay Rawat-- moved the district court
after their bail applications were rejected by Special CBI
Judge Anuradha Garg on the ground that their crime of
tampering with evidences was of serious nature.

The Judge had also sent them to 14-days` judicial
custody.

The constables are among the 18 police personnel
chargesheeted by the investigating agency in connection with
Ranbir Singh encounter case that rocked the hill state in July
last year.

The CBI had arrested seven other policemen on murder
charges in the wake of "evidences" that 22-year-old Singh,
a youth from Ghaziabad with an MBA degree, was allegedly
gunned down by Uttarakhand police after being caught at Mohini
Road where he along with his companions was allegedly trying
to commit some crime on Jul 3.
However, all the seven policemen had already been granted
bail by the Uttarakhand High court.

While the CBI has charged seven policemen with murder and
kidnapping charges, others have been accused of tampering with
the evidences.

During its investigations, the CBI had reached to a
conclusion that Singh was killed after being subjected to
various tortures.

Police had claimed that Singh along with his companions,
who were riding on a motorcycle, were asked to stop by
Sub-Inspector G D Bhatt at Dalanwala area on July 3 during
President Pratibha Patil`s visit.

Instead the youths thrashed Bhatt and fled towards the
Ladpur jungles after looting his service revolver.

When Bhatt flashed a message over the wireless, the
youths were intercepted at Ladpur jungles and there was an
encounter in which Ranbir was killed. But after the autopsy
report, the demand for a CBI probe got louder prompting Chief
Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank to recommended the case for
an inquiry by the investigating agency.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 17:45

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