Gonda:Â Three cops, including a serving police officer, have been given the death sentence by a special CBI court in Lucknow in connection with a fake encounter case in 1982. Five others have been awarded life imprisonment.
The case relates to the death of KP Singh, a police officer of the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), in Madhopur village of Gonda district in March 1982. The cops claimed that Mr Singh had died in a cross-fire while they were engaged in a gunbattle with dacoits who were hiding in the village. But his wife had alleged that her husband’s subordinates got him killed in a fake encounter. The Central Bureau of Investiagtion (CBI), which took over the case, later said that Mr Singh was indeed killed by his junior, RB Saroj, one among the trio sentenced to death. The agency also said that villagers were dragged out of their homes and killed in cold blood from a close range.
The three sentenced to death are – SB Saroj, then Station House Officer; Ramnayak Pandey, a sub-inspector in Jaunpur; and retired constable Ram Karan.
The policemen involved in the case were convicted on March 29 this year.