Five cops convicted 18 years after killing a man in custody

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    Five cops convicted 18 years after killing a man in custody
    India - 28 may 2011

    NEW DELHI: A trial court has convicted five Delhi Police officials for causing the death of a person in their custody 18 years ago. One of them was an ASI and four were constables.

    While Additional sessions judge K S Mohi held ASI Chaman Lal guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence, three constables — Devender Kumar, Surender and Suresh — were convicted only for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The fourth constable, Ramesh Chandra, has been convicted for destruction of evidence.

    The prosecution examined 35 witnesses to prove its case. The CBI's special public prosecutor, Anil Tanwar, said the accused tried concealing the facts and concocted a false story about the death of Madan Lal. After going through the record, the court said the prosecution had proved its case "beyond reasonable doubt". The court has now fixed the matter for May 30 for the pronouncement of quantum of sentence.

    All the accused were posted at Patel Nagar police station at the time of the incident except for Ramesh who was posted at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.

    On November 28, 1993, the erring police officials arrested Madan Lal on the suspicion of an offence. They beat him up and gave forceful blow to his private parts. When he collapsed, they rushed him to the Deen Dayal hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    They concocted a story that Lal was discharged. The matter was initially probed by the SDM of the area, who gave a false report. The NHRC conducted its own probe during 1993-94. The matter was then taken up by the then ASJ, R C Chopra, who conducted a judicial probe and referred the matter to the CBI.

    The CBI filed a chargesheet in 1997, indicting the five. In 1999, Delhi high court awarded Rs 2 lakh compensation to the family of the accused. The NHRC also gave Rs 50,000 as compensation to the victim's family in May 1994.



    Source: The Times of India
     
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