CBI seeks sanction to prosecute Lucknow SSP, 9 other cops

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A 26-year-old man was killed in a 'fake encounter' in Bareilly in 2007.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has sought from the state government sanction to prosecute IPS officer J Ravindra Goud, who is SSP of Lucknow, and nine other policemen for killing a 26-year-old man in a fake encounter in Bareilly in June 2007.

The agency wants to prosecute them on charges which include culpable homicide not amounting to murder and conspiracy.

An officer of the 2005 batch, Goud was Assistant SP at Bareilly at the time of the incident. His co-accused include four sub-inspectors and five constables.

Principal Secretary (Home) RM Srivastava said that they had received the CBI's letter "two days back and are examining it".

The CBI, which investigated Mukul Gupta's killing on the order of the Allahabad High Court, found that the encounter was fake and Gupta was not killed in self-defence, as the policemen claimed. Instead, he was killed because the policemen suspected him to be a member of a robbers' gang.

Mukul's father Brijendra Kumar Gupta, a retired government officer, said he had come to know that the agency sent the request to the state government in December. "If the government fails to take the necessary action, I will move the High Court," he said.

Mukul, unmarried, was Gupta's younger son and worked in a private firm.

The incident took place on July 30, 2007, when the Bareilly police were tipped off that some people had planned to commit a bank robbery and they would pass through Fatehganj area on a Tata Sumo.

The police said that when it intercepted the Tata Sumo, the men in the vehicle fired at them. In retaliatory firing, Mukul was killed. His associates Vicky Sharma, the driver, and Pankaj were caught. A fourth man, however, managed to escape. He was later identified as Prem Shankar.

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