A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court at Ghaziabad on Wednesday issued summons to six policemen who were alleged of picking up two men on the night of March 3, 2009 and later killing them in a police encounter in an alleged car robbery case at Indirapuram.
The two men, identified as Rais and Firoz — alleged robbers, were killed by policemen in an encounter during the early hours of March 4, 2009, when they allegedly tried to rob a Tata Qualis car belonging to one Mohammed Naushad.
After their identity was revealed, large scale violence ensued at Meerut tri-junction and dozens of police and public vehicles, new bus stand, police post and traffic control room were set afire by an agitated mob.
The victims’ families alleged that the two men were picked up by six policemen in a PCR van from Sahibabad vegetable market area, a night before the encounter. After a huge public outcry, the police lodged an FIR against six personnel, including a sub-inspector, on March 5, 2009.
After the police’s final report denied allegations, victims’ families approached a Ghaziabad court where six witnesses deposed before a CBI court’s special judicial magistrate (SJM) and stated, in their CrPC section 200 and 202 statements, that they saw six policemen taking away the two men in a police van for questioning.
The court ordered to issue summons against the policemen under section 302, 364, 201, 120b of IPC and ordered their appearance. The order also said that prosecution sanction was not required as the alleged act was not done in their capacity of a public servant.