16 cops get life term for killing youth in fake encounter

Kanpur: In a landmark judgment, a special court on Tuesday sentenced 16 policemen, including an SHO to life imprisonment, for killing a physically challenged youth in a fake encounter 15 years ago. Raj Narain, a resident of Dadra village in Etawah, was shot dead during a combing operation in the ravines of Chambal in 1992.
Special judge R P Sharma also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on seven constables and Rs 1,000 on nine others. All the accused were found guilty by the judge.
The cops had then claimed that Narain was an active member of a leading gang in the ravines. To save themselves, the cops even threw his body into a Chambal.
Those found guilty by the court were SHO Girwar Singh, sub-inspectors J N Singh and Saligram Yadav, constables Brijesh Kumar, Santosh Kumar, Ram Prasad, Paden Bihar Rai, Brij Raj Singh, Jayant Rakesh, Jitendra Kumar, Diwan Singh, Ram Khiladi, Ashok, B Singh and Suryadeo Singh. They were posted at Chakarnagar police station in Etawah when the encounter was reported on January 28, 1992.
The repeated attempts of Raj Narain’s family to get a case registered at the Chakarnagar police station against the cops had turned futile. They later met senior police officers who handed over the case to CID on February 26, 1992. During the investigation, CID sleuths found the cops guilty of killing Raj Narain and framed charges against them.
A case was then registered against the cops on December 10, 1993. On September 5, 2007 the court pronounced his judgment holding all the cops guilty of killing the innocent man.

Faiz Rahman Siddiqui | TNN

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