Fake encounter ruling: New lease of life for acquitted policemen
The Delhi High Court verdict on Tuesday brought a new lease of life for Neha Nautiyal and her 7-year-old daughter residing in Miyawala in the outskirts of Dehradundehradun Updated: Feb 06, 2018 21:50 IST
The Delhi High Court verdict on Tuesday brought a new lease of life for Neha Nautiyal and her 7-year-old daughter residing in Miyawala in the outskirts of Dehradun.
Neha’s husband constable Saurabh posted in Haridwar district is among 11 cops who have been acquitted in the Ranbeer fake encounter case.
“I just want to omit the bad memories that I had been carrying since 2009. The legal fight was tiring and gloomy. I am thankful to God that our lives would be now normal,” said Neha, who works in a school for the children of policemen in Dehradun.
Neha said it was a nightmare for her as her brother-in-law and father-in-law died when her husband was dangling between courts.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probed the case. Ranbir, an MBA student from Ghaziabad, was allegedly killed by policemen in Dehradun.
Neha said the police department was “very responsive” else “it would have become difficult for us to survive”.
Among the five cops, those have been acquitted are posted in Haridwar. They all spend over four years in the Delhi jail.
“I knew I am not guilty and one day I will get justice. I am happy that truth prevailed but I also feel sad for the seven colleagues who have been given life imprisonment,” Saurabh said.
The cops distributed sweets to express their happiness.
Vikas Baluni, assistant sub-inspector posted in Haridwar police line, said: “The last eight and a half years were nothing less than a terrible experience. I didn’t share anything with anyone.”
The CBI court in 2014 held 17 policemen responsible for the encounter. The decision was challenged in the Delhi High Court.
Constable Sanjay Rawat posted in the Bhagwanpur police post in Haridwar said he and others would have slipped into depression but the “department stood with us”.
The framed policemen included sub-inspector, assistant sub-inspector, constable and the driver of the official police vehicle. Indrabhan Singh, drive at present working at the police line in Haridwar, said he can again walk with the head held high.
First Published: Feb 06, 2018 21:50 IST