A special court in Ghaziabad has successfully prosecuted four policemen for killing four labourers in a fake encounter at Bhojpur in November 1996.

50 percent of the fine imposed on the four policemen has been directed towards the families of the labourers.

“The Special Judge for CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) cases in Ghaziabad has sentenced Lal Singh, the then Station Officer, Joginder Singh, the then Sub-Inspector, and then Constables Surya Bhan and Subhash Chander to life imprisonment. They were posted at the Bhojpur police station when the offence was committed,” a CBI official said.

Also, the court has imposed two years’ rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10,000 for the offence. The convicts will face four years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 20,000 for destruction of evidence in the case.

Jasbir Singh, Jalaluddin, Ashok and Pravesh were all shot dead in an encounter on November 8, 1996 by four policemen who alleged that the group had opened fire at them. According to police report, the convicts had carried out a fake encounter to glorify their reputation.