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NEW DELHI: A city court on Friday convicted three Delhi policemen, while acquitting the fourth, in a custody death case of the Mehrauli police station in 1996. The court will hand out the sentences to the convicts on February 6.
Additional Sessions Judge S. P. Garg convicted Head Constable Rajvir Singh and constables Bachchu Singh and Ramesh Hudda, finding them guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Inspector Buddhi Prakash was acquitted. Another accused in the case, Home Guard Kanwar Pal, has been declared a proclaimed offender.
Inspector Prakash, who was then the additional Station House Officer of the Mehrauli police station, and the three convicted policemen were accused of beating up one Indal in the police lock-up that led to his death.
As per the charge sheet filed by the Crime Branch, Indal was caught by some people while allegedly trying to steal a stereo from a car on Mehrauli-Badarpur Road on January 2, 1996. They informed the police which took him to the Mehrauli police station. Indal was taken for a medical check-up to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences. He was brought back and lodged in the lock-up. On the morning of January 3, Indal began vomiting and hesubsequently died in the AIIMS.
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