Human Rights

Three policemen get life term for fake encounter killings

New Delhi: A Delhi court on 15 July sentenced three Delhi police personnel to life imprisonment for murdering two men in a fake encounter on 31 July, 2006 after abducting them from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. “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 his judgement. 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. The court 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 policemen but said the act did not fall in the rarest of rare category to earn them capital punishment.

“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 Delhi’s North District. They abducted Zulfikar and Nazakat from a Ghaziabad court and killed them at a place here under Timarpur police station on July 31, 2006

“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 became 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 be paid to the families of the victims. (M. Ramzan Naik)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2010 on page no. 11

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