Thirty-one years after the murders and 27 years after the chargesheet, a special CBI court on Friday awarded the death sentence to three policemen and life imprisonment to their five colleagues in connection with a fake encounter killing.
A deputy superintendent of police (DSP), KP Singh, was among the 13 killed in Gonda district in March 1982. The rest were villagers. According to one version, the policemen shot the DSP in the head from behind.
Announcing the extent of the punishment, special CBI judge Rajendra Singh gave the death sentence to the then station house officer, RB Saroj; Ram Nayak, then a head constable; and Ram Karan Singh, who was a constable. The three had hatched the conspiracy.
Then Provincial Armed Constabulary commandant Ramakant Dixit and sub-inspectors Naseem Ahmad, Parvez Hussain, Mangala Singh and Rajendra Prasad Singh got life imprisonment. They were behind the conspiracy and responsible for suppressing facts to bail out some other accused.
KP Singh’s wife, Vibha Singh, had termed it a well-orchestrated killing of her husband by the local police personnel because some officers were not happy with him.
Local officers had refused to take cognizance of the matter, following which Vibha Singh approached the high court, which ordered a CBI probe.
The CBI took over the case in 1984 and filed a chargesheet in 1986.
All the 19 policemen chargesheeted were posted in Gonda at the time of the killing. Ten died during the trial and one was held blameless.