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Life term for 7 cops in Uttarakhand fake encounter case

PTI 09 Jun 2014, 17:19:11 PM IST
New Delhi: Seventeen Uttarakhand police personnel, convicted of killing a 22-year-old MBA graduate in 2009 fake encounter, were today awarded life term by a Delhi court, a verdict which the victim's family received with disapppointment saying death sentence should have given.  

The life imprisonment was handed down by Special CBI Judge J P S Malik to the 17 policemen after having held them guilty on June six of involvement in the conspiracy to kidnap and kill Ghaziabad resident Ranbir Singh, who had gone to Dehradun to take up a job on July 3, 2009.  

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each on seven cops—six Sub-Inspectors Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, Gopal Dutt Bhatt (SHO), Rajesh Bisht, Neeraj Kumar, Nitin Kumar Chauhan, Chander Mohan Singh Rawat and constable Ajit Singh—who were held guilty of killing the victim.

It has also directed 10 other policemen, convicted for conspiracy to kidnap and kill Ranbir, to furnish a fine of Rs 20,000 each.

The court asked the authorities concerned to give the collected fine as compensation to the family of Ranbir, who had graduated in MBA from Meerut University.