2 UP policemen get life term for ‘encounter’ death

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A CBI court in Ghaziabad on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment three policemen for killing a young woman in a “fake encounter” in 2000.

Special judge Navneet Kumar found then deputy superintendent Arun Kaushik and constables Surendra and Bhagwan Sahai guilty of killing Smita Bhaduri, 26, on January 14, 2000.

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She was going with her friend Mohit Tyagi on national highway 58 when police intercepted their car and shot her dead.

Later, police claimed they had killed a woman member of a criminal gang while her accomplice sustained gunshot injuries.

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During the trial that lasted 15 years, the court found that the police story was fabricated and that Bhaduri was killed in a “fake encounter”.

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