Uttar Pradesh Police’s Prosecution Department claimed its best ever achievement with district courts in the state pronouncing capital punishment to eight and life imprisonment to 977 accused during the last four months.
As per data produced by the prosecution department, 8,773 persons have been convicted by different district courts of UP between July and October. The maximum number of persons convicted for 10 years and more come from Shahjahanpur and Ghaziabad districts. In Kanpur and Bareilly, maximum number of persons have been convicted below 10 years of imprisonment.
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Director General, Prosecution, Surya Kumar Shukla said, “The prosecution department achieved the target through regular hard work by government counsels, policemen who relentlessly pursued the cases and the public prosecutors. Recently, the department started a drive to ensure that prosecution witnesses and the victims did not face any harassment at the hands of the accused.” He said there were complaints regarding the accused “harassing and pressuring the witnesses to give statements in their favour” before the court. Directions were issued to all public prosecutors and government counsels to help such witnesses. Counsels have been directed to immediately bring to notice such cases before the local police or the prosecution directorate in Lucknow, he added.
The prosecution department has felicitated some 300 witnesses in various districts for appearing before the court and recording their statement fearlessly, said Shukla.
“A direction has also been issued to all police stations in UP to appoint a nodal officer (of sub-inspector rank) who would help witnesses and tell the counsels about important and heinous cases that were required to be supervised on priority basis,” he added.
The courts of Ghaziabad, Lalitpur, Shamli and Firozabad districts awarded death sentence to eight persons facing murder charges. While four accused were sentenced by a local court of Ghaziabad on October 28, one was awarded death sentence on August 13 by a Lalitpur court; on July 31 Shamli court sentenced two while another one was given death penalty by Firozabad court on July 13.
In the last four months, as many as 179 persons were sentenced to 10, 14 and 20 years of imprisonment in 121 cases.
As per records, the court convicted 6,341 persons in 331 murder cases and accused are sentenced to either over 10 years or life imprisonment. In 34 cases of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the court sentenced 39 persons to 10, 14 and 15 years of imprisonment.
In cases of dowry death, the court sentenced 163 persons who were accused in 68 criminal cases. Accused are sentenced to 10, 14 and life term.
However, in last four months, one person each was sentenced under Goonda Act and UP Gangsters Act in Hardoi and Lalitpur, respectively.
A programme ‘Bina Dare, Bina Bikey’ has been organised by the prosecution department to felicitate witnesses of heinous crimes who fearlessly recorded their statement in the court. The DG said that history-sheeters of different districts have been identified and efforts were on to ensure their conviction.