Court convicts 18 Uttarakhand cops in fake encounter case

Ranbir Singh, a resident of Ghaziabad, was gunned down by the police on July 3, 2009. The police alleged that he was involved in an extortion racket.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2014 5:04 am

Five years after a 22-year-old MBA student, Ranbir Singh, was killed in a fake encounter in Dehradun, a Delhi court on Friday convicted 18 Uttarakhand Police personnel — seven for murder and others for various offences including criminal conspiracy and kidnapping.

The seven police personnel who have been held guilty of murder are Sub-Inspectors Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, Gopal Dutt Bhatt (SHO), Rajesh Bisht, Neeraj Kumar, Nitin Chauhan, Chander Mohan Singh Rawat and constable Ajit Singh.

“Accused 1 to 7 are held guilty and convicted for substantive offence punishable under section 302 (murder) of the IPC read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and for substantive offence punishable under section 364 (kidnapping to murder) of IPC read with section 120B of IPC,” said Special CBI Judge J P S Malik.

Ten others — constables Satbir Singh, Sunil Saini, Chander Pal, Saurabh Nautiyal, Nagender Rathi, Vikas Chander Baluni, Sanjay Rawat and Manoj Kumar, and drivers Mohan Singh Rana and Inderbhan Singh — have been held guilty of conspiring to kidnap and murder the student. The court held them “guilty and convicted for offence punishable under section 120B of IPC read with sections 364 and 302 of IPC”.

The last accused, Jaspal Singh Gosain, the then head operator at the city control room, has been convicted under Section 218 IPC (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfei­ture) but acquitted of all other charges. He was directed to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of the same amount.

Ranbir Singh, a resident of Ghaziabad, was gunned down by the police on July 3, 2009. The police alleged that he was involved in an extortion racket.

During its probe, the CBI concluded that Singh was killed after being subjected to torture. It said 12 bullets were pumped into his body and the incident was passed off as an encounter. The CBI report said there were 27 deep injuries on the body.

The court is set to hear the arguments on the quantum of sentence on Saturday. The Supreme Court transferred the case to Delhi in 2011 on the plea of Ranbir’s family.
Speaking to the media after the court’s order, Ranbir’s father, Ravinder Pal, said, “I am happy with the court’s judgment. In future, people will refrain from committing such crimes. I want the guilty to be sent to the gallows, that’s the only way justice will be delivered.”

Seeking the maximum punishment for the convicts, he said, “I have faced defeat from every side, I will be relieved only after all of them are hanged”.

In Dehradun, DGP B S Sidhu said, “We will get the judgment examined by legal experts to explore the possibility of making an appeal in a higher court. This will affect the morale of our force.”

 

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    Deepak Sharma
    Sep 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm
    Its unacceptable that instead of talking about Police reforms, DGP is still saying about the morale of the force, I respectfully ask to DGP Sir, that what about the morale of the youngsters? is that morale growing up after listening about these kind of fake encounters where a 22years old innocent guy brutally killed/ murdered by the police, what view a youngster should have for the police and what about the morale of that family who has lost their 22years old child. Isn't that affecting civilians morale? or a civilian is like a carrot or radish for the Police personal? Isn't these kind of incidents increase anger against police? Isn't this incident is one of the most shameful incident in the history of independent India? Its a request that please not take side of these 18 criminals because every govt. servant will be a civilian after his retirement.
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      CMVikram
      Jun 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm
      The news does not say the reason why the police targeted Ranbir Singh. There must be a reason for it. Whatever the reason, it does not justify torturing and killing of Ranbir Singh, but fair journalism should say the reason why police targeted him.
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        Maitrey Mehta
        Jun 7, 2014 at 1:05 am
        Maitrey Mehta•3 minutes agoHold on, this is waiting to be approved by Indian Express.nged” Dehradun, DGP B S Sidhu said, “We will get the judgment examined by legal experts to explore the possibility of making an appeal in a higher court. This will affect the morale of our force.”What a shame. A DGP should follow court's order. He does not have right to Judge the Judgement.He should be put under Suspension immediately, as he have powers in case or controlling activities which are declared illegal by law & deemed to be that way.He is responsible for Law & Order,not capable to make Law or Judge what is right & what is wrong.If he errs at the decision taken at particular time he is responsible to answer to the Judiciary, Elected Government & Public.If DGP B S Sidhu is leader of Police Union ( If it's legally formed in India), he may comment on the issue in that capacity. Not as DGP Dehradun.•Share ›
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          Bharat
          Jun 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm
          Good example. Police must act sensitively. They consider that they can get away from all crimes they commit. Let every case of encounter is investigated since majority are fake. Police personnel must be under eyes of IB as they earn too much money by crimes/shielding the criminals.
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            Maitrey Mehta
            Jun 7, 2014 at 12:50 am
            nged” Dehradun, DGP B S Sidhu said, “We will get the judgment examined by legal experts to explore the possibility of making an appeal in a higher court. This will affect the morale of our force.”What a shame. A DGP should follow court's order. He does not have right to Judge the Judgement.He should be put under Suspension immediately, as he have powers in case or controlling activities which are declared illegal by law & deemed to be that way.He is responsible for Law & Order,not capable to make Law or Judge what is right & what is wrong.If he errs at the decision taken at particular time he is responsible to answer to the Judiciary, Elected Government & Public.If DGP B S Sidhu is leader of Police Union ( If it's legally formed in India), he may comment on the issue in that capacity. Not as DGP Dehradun.
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              Shiva
              Jun 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm
              Those who convicted of heinous crimes and crimes against humanity must be punished very harshly. There is no mercy for the criminals and no one is above the law.
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