The curious case of Jyoti Belur, the cop who did not face trial in Bhojpur fake encounter case
Belur is residing in London and is a teaching staff member of the University College London (UCL). She is associated with the department of security and crime science. ough the CBI didn’t charge her formally in the case, the court, after going through the agency’s chargesheet in the case, summoned her as an accused in September 2007.Updated: Feb 23, 2017 10:37 IST
Former IPS officer Jyoti S Belur who was summoned as an accused in the Bhojpur fake encounter case said on Wednesday that she doesn’t want to talk about the incident.
Belur is residing in London and is a teaching staff member of the University College London (UCL). She is associated with the department of security and crime science.
When HT reached Belur in London and asked about her status as an accused in the Bhojpur fake encounter case, the former IPS officer said, “I don’t want to talk about it.” Then she disconnected the call.
According to the UCL website, her research work is shown under titles such as ‘Why do police use deadly force: Explaining police encounters in Mumbai’ and ‘Permission to shoot? Police use of deadly force in democracies’.
Belur, a 1993 batch IPS officer of then undivided Uttar Pradesh cadre, was on her first posting as an additional superintendent of police in Modi Nagar when, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), her subordinates shot dead four persons aged between 17 and 23 in a fake encounter in November 1996 to get promotions and gallantry medals.
Though the CBI didn’t charge her formally in the case, the court, after going through the agency’s chargesheet in the case, summoned her as an accused in September 2007.
According to the CBI chargesheet, a bullet recovered from the body of one of the victims, Jasbir, was fired from the service weapon issued to Belur.
“The CBI court has issued a non-bailable warrant against her and the proceedings will start once she appears before the court,” Rajan Dahiya, public prosecutor, CBI, said.
According to home ministry sources, Belur did not resign from service but went on leave without authorisation. In November 2016, the home ministry took up the issue and considered her unauthorised leave for more than 11 years as a resignation and termination of her service.
“Belur was a 1993 batch IPS officer and later allotted Uttarakhand cadre, following the bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh cadre. Belur was on unauthorised leave of absence from duty from October 1, 2005. Therefore, under the All India Services (AIS) leave rules, the government deemed it as her resignation and termination of her service,” a senior home ministry official said.
First Published: Feb 22, 2017 22:28 IST