Human Rights

Furqan acquitted after 10 years, cops planted weapon

New Delhi: Mohammad Furqan who has been on trial more than 10 long year trial for being in possession of a country made pistol has now been acquitted by a trial court. The trial court suspected that the weapon was planted by the police. As per the version of the prosecution, Furqan was arrested from Daryaganj by a police patrol team in February 2001 when he tried to run on seeing the patrolling team. The prosecution added that the police recovered a country made pistol from him.  In 2002, a chargesheet was filed against Furqan and the court had framed charges under the Arms Act in the year 2003. The court while acquitting Furqan said that as per the police rules it is mandatory for a police officer to enter his name in the register before moving out of the police station for patrol duty. But the record shows that there was no entry made in the register, by the team before leaving for patrol duty.    
 
MG News Desk

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

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