Life term of three policemen upheld for burning man to death

March 6th, 2009 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday upheld the life sentence to three Delhi Police officials who have been convicted for setting a man on fire in a police station 29 years ago.
A bench of Justices V.B. Gupta and B.D. Ahmed relied on the dying declaration of Laxman Singh, who had said that the officials had poured kerosene on him and set him on fire in August 1980.

All the three appellants have been rightly convicted by the trial court and the present appeal is not sustainable and therefore dismissed, the court said.

The bench also directed the police to take into custody all convicts - head constable Narendra Kumar, constables Vijay Kumar and Om Prakash, who are out on bail.

Laxman Singh was picked up by these officials from a railway station Aug 1, 1980, and was illegally confined to a police post. On Aug 5, Narendra Kumar poured kerosene on him and Prakash and Vijay put lighted match sticks on him.

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