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17 Uttarakhand cops get life term for student's fake encounter

Ghaziabad’s Ranbir Singh was gunned down by the police in 2009 in Dehradun; they falsely claimed he was trying to commit a crime

New Delhi: A Delhi court has awarded life imprisonment to 17 Uttarakhand police personnel who were convicted for gunning down a 22-year-old MBA graduate in a fake encounter in a jungle near Dehradun on July 3, 2009.

Ranbir Singh’s father Ravindra
Ranbir Singh’s father Ravindra (centre) and kin, outside the court

Special CBI Judge J P S Malik handed down the jail term to the 17 policemen after holding them guilty of involvement in the conspiracy to kidnap and kill Ghaziabad resident Ranbir Singh, who went to Dehradun to take up a job.

The court also imposed a fine of R50,000 each on seven cops 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.

However, the family of the victim, which was present in the court, expressed unhappiness over the verdict and said they will appeal against it in the higher court.

The victim’s mother, who was seen crying, said, “I want death for all the policemen who killed my younger son.” Meanwhile, the wife of one of the convicts, Santosh Kumar Jaiswal, broke down in the courtroom, saying, “Where will we go? He (Santosh) is the only earning member in the family.”

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