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DSP, 3 others get 5-yr in jail for custodial death
A Special CBI Court of AK Mishra sentenced four police officers, including the then DSP, for five-year rigorous imprisonment in a case involving death of a villager Parasnath Singh in police custody during interrogation at Panki police station in Palamu.
The case was being investigated by the CBI after it was registered by the Delhi branch in 2001 following directions from the Jharkhand High Court.
Trial was being conducted against four accused persons -the then Palamu DSP Deendayal Rajak, Inspector Devidayal Prasad, Officer in-Charge Surendra Prasad and Sub-Inspector Rukhsar Ahmed, after the CBI submitted chargesheet against them in the CBI court in 2004.
All the accused have been convicted under sections 330, 331, 301 and 34 of IPC by the Court and they will be lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail, said the CBI counsel.
“All the four police officials have been awarded five years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh have also been slapped on each of them,” said CBI counsel Shiv Kumar Kaka, who was earlier looking after the case.
Parasnath’s wife Ahulash Devi had filed a writ petition in Jharkhand High Court following which it was handed over to CBI in 2001, he added.
Parasnath was arrested during a raid conducted by a police team at Seram village in Panki in July 1998. The police dragged him to Panki police station thrashing him brutally on the way calling him a Maoist.
He was beaten up by the police for several hours due to which he died in the police lock up. The police then took him to the hospital but was declared brought dead by the doctors.
“The Police made all efforts that he was declared a Maoist, but his wife filed a writ petition in Jharkhand High Court following which all the four accused persons were directed to appear in the Court of Justice MY Eqbal and handed over the case to the CBI,” said the advocate.
Delhi Branch of CBI lodged FIR in 2001 and initiated a probe in this regard, he added.
The Advocate said that 27 witnesses were produced before the Court by the prosecution while the defense produced only 13 witnesses during the trial which took around 20 years to get concluded.
“The Court has also directed to pay Rs 10 lakh to wife of the victim as compensation, from the money generated from the accused persons through fines submitted by them,” said the advocate.
The matter was also taken up by Human Rights Commission which inspired Parasnath’s wife to lodge a case accusing police for the death of her husband.
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