Pilibhit Fake Encounter: 47 policemen get life imprisonment in 1991 case

Pilibhit Fake Encounter: 47 policemen get life imprisonment in 1991 case

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The 47 policemen who were convicted for shooting dead 10 Sikh pilgrims suspected to be terrorists, 25 years ago, were awarded life imprisonment by a Special CBI court on 4 April.

A trial court had on Friday held the policemen guilty of a fake encounter.

On 12 July 1991, these policemen stopped a luxury bus carrying Sikh pilgrims in Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit district and forced 10 passengers to get off.

A charge-sheet said they were divided into groups, taken to different areas in a jungle and killed in "cold blood."

The next day, the policemen claimed that 10 Khalistani terrorists had been killed. They even claimed that some of the Sikhs in the bus had been implicated in criminal cases and were armed.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigated the case on the orders of the Supreme Court and said that the motive behind the killings was to earn awards and recognition for killing terrorists.

Fifty-seven policemen were charged in the case, but 10 have died since.

--ANI

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