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Four Delhi cops dismissed for faking encounter

Delhi Police on Thursday dismissed four of its officers after they were found guilty of killing two criminals in fake gunfights.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 02:10 IST

Delhi Police on Thursday dismissed four of its officers after they were found guilty of killing two criminals in fake gunfights.

Zulfikar, 26, and Nazakat, 22, were killed in what was claimed to be a gunfight with police on the night of July 31.

Assistant sub-inspector Pramod Tyagi, constable Ashok Kumar, constable Sudesh Rana and constable Suraj Pal were dismissed on the basis of the findings of an inquiry.

Delhi Police had launched the inquiry after the family members of the deceased filed a complaint in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, close to the national capital. The inquiry had started August 2.

The families of the victims claimed that five Delhi Police personnel had frisked away the duo from a court in Ghaziabad.

However, in the first information report the families mentioned the name of only Ashok, a constable who allegedly shot the duo dead in Timarpur area of north Delhi, a police official said.

The Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday charged a Delhi Police constable with kidnapping and killing two people in a false gunfight.

Delhi Police had earlier claimed that the two criminals were wanted in at least five cases of murder and loot.

A Delhi Police official had also said they had laid a trap to arrest the duo following a tip-off but when the police team tried to stop the duo, they started firing indiscriminately.

Police had said that the men were killed after the police team returned the fire. Both were rushed to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to their wounds.

Police had also claimed of recovering two country-made pistols and several live cartridges from them.