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CBI demands Death penalty for four policemen convicted for Bhojpur Shootout in Ghaziabad

"The society demands that the policemen be hanged," the CBI prosecutor said

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Ghaziabad, Feb 22, 2017: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday demanded death penalty for four policemen who were involved in a more than two-decade-old staged shootout in Bhojpur, in Ghaziabad district.

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At a hearing, CBI prosecutor Rajan Dahiya, terming the incident rarest of rare, said the motive of the policemen was to get promotion in the garb of a daring shootout, and they committed cold-blooded murder of Jasbir Singh, Ashok Kumar, Pravesh and Jalalludin.

“The society demands that the policemen be hanged,” the CBI prosecutor said.

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Countering Dahiya, defence lawyer Shammi Sharma said the shootout was not rarest of rare and only the prescribed punishment — life imprisonment — be awarded to the four.

Earlier, the court convicted the then Station House Officer of Bhojpur police station Lal Singh, Sub Inspector Yogendra Singh and constables Ranvir Singh, Surya Bhan and Subhash for being involved in the staged shootout on November 8, 1996.

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Ranvir Singh died during the trial.

Lal Singh, Yogendra Singh, Surya Bhan and Subhash were sent to jail. (IANS)

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Bofors: CBI to look into Michael Hershman’s Allegations

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New Delhi, October 18: The CBI on Wednesday said it will look into the facts and circumstances mentioned in an interview of Michael Hershman, the first secret Bofors investigator of the Fairfax Group deployed by the Indian government.

“The agency has learnt of the matter pertaining to Bofors aired on a certain TV Channel containing interview of Michael Hershman. Facts and circumstances as mentioned in the interview will be looked into as per the due process by the CBI,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said in a statement.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) move comes a day after Republic TV’s interview with Hershman, wherein he made several revelations regarding Bofors and named some powerful politicians in India linked with the deal signed between the then Rajiv Gandhi-led government and Swedish company Bofors in 1986.

The deal for 410 howitzers was completed in March 1986.

The alleged corruption in the Bofors guns deal had created a scandal in 1989, leading to the fall of Rajiv Gandhi government. Kickbacks were alleged, but no evidence was found.

In 1986, the then Finance Minister V.P. Singh ordered an investigation. To do so, Singh got in touch with private investigation group Fairfax.

Hershman, who first found the Bofors papers, was the secret investigator of the Fairfax Group, deployed by the Indian government.

Now, a six-member Public Accounts Committee’s sub-committee on defense, headed by Biju Janata Dal MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, is looking into non-compliance of certain aspects of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report of 1986 on the deal. (IANS)

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