Ranbir fake encounter: Five accused cops granted bail



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