19 cops given life in staged shootout

19 cops given life in staged shootout

As many as 19 policemen were sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday by a CBI court in the case of killing of a gurdwara sewadar in a staged shootout in 1992.

Seventeen of the cops will serve the sentence since two have already died of natural causes.

The case goes back to 1992, when Uttar Pradesh police abducted Jaswinder Singh alias Jassa, a sewadar or worker at Gurdwara Rakabganj in New Delhi and shot him dead in a staged shootout in Bijnore district of Uttar Pradesh.

The cops claimed to have recovered an AK-56 assault rifle and a double-barrelled gun from Jassa's possession. They further claimed that Jassa had robbed the double-barrelled gun from a local man.

After the news reached Delhi, Jassa's relative filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court claiming his relative Jaswinder was abducted by the Uttar Pradesh police and was shot dead in a staged gunbattle. On his request, the court had ordered an investigation by CBI into the case in 1993.

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