Two police officers involved in a quadruple homicide staged a cover-up three decades ago. Now, they will never walk free again.
Recently, Special Court of Central Bureau of Investigation Judge Rakesh Kumar Gupta handed a life term in prison to former sub-inspector Tarsem Lal and Inspector Kishan Singh for the murders of Balwinder Singh, Sahib Singh, Dalbir Singh and an unidentified individual.
Both men were found guilty and convicted of murder, destruction of evidence, and public servant framing incorrect record to save a person from punishment.
According to prosecutors, on Sept. 13, 1992, the police had arrested the four men and taken them to the police station in Mehta near Amritsar, reported The Indian Express. While in custody, Lal and Kishan Singh, under the authority of the then Mehta police station Rajinder Singh, took the four men to Dhar-Deo village under the guise of recovering some weapons. There, they fatally shot the men and claimed the men were killed in a crossfire by militants attempting to set them free.
However, Sahib Singh’s family suspected foul play and filed a complaint with the high court in Punjab. Five years after the fatal incident, the court handed the case over to the CBI, who filed for a First Information Report, which establishes the commission of a cognizable offense, signed by the informant and officially served to the head of the police station.
As a result, charges were brought against all three officers.
“After the incident, my family was completely shattered. My grandparents died waiting for justice, but now we are satisfied that the accused will die in jail. My grandfather became mentally unstable due to the cold-blooded murder of my uncle,” said Balwinder Singh’s nephew, Shamsher Singh, according to Hindustan Times.
During the course of the trial, former officer Rajinder Singh, who was the main accused suspect, died.
Gupta sentenced the duo to additional fines of 15,000 Rupees and 20,000 Rupees each for the other two charges.