Human Rights

Delhi sends five cops to jail for custodial killing

The Saket court, on May 31, awarded 5 years rigorous imprisonment to Chaman Lal, additional sub-inspector in Patel Nagar police station, and three constables and three years to head constable in the case of a custodial death of a person at Patel Nagar police station. The court termed the crime committed by the cops as dehumanising and an affront to human dignity. According to the case report, Madan Lal, the deceased victim, was picked up by Chaman Lal and four other cops on suspicion of theft in 1993. The 18 year old Madan Lal was tortured inside the police station leading to his death in November 1993.

“In the instant case, a precious human life has been lost at the hands of those who were expected to protect the life and liberty of the citizen of the country like a fence eating away its own crop,” said additional session judge K S Mohi while giving the verdict.

To discourage such nefarious act in future, CBI’s counsel Mr Anil Talwar pleaded court to ward exemplary punishment.  The defence, however, sought leniency saying that the accused were already suspended and were the sole bread winners of their respective families. The other accused who were awarded 5 year sentence in the case are constables, Suresh Kumar, Surender Kumar, Devender Singh while Ramesh Chand was awarded 3 years. Chamal Lal, was also imposed with a fine of Rs 2000 by the court after being held guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence.   

Back then, CBI had registered an FIR against five persons Chaman Lal, Ramesh Chand and Surender Singh, Suresh Kumar and Devender Singh on November 1993. CBI filed the charge sheet against the accused policemen under sections 304 (culpable homicide to murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence). The prosecution presented 35 witnesses to prove its case. (Saiyed Danish)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2011 on page no. 11

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