Patna,24 June-2014(BBC): The special CBI court on Tuesday announced death penalty for former Shashtri Nagar police station house officer Shamse Alam for killing three youths in a fake encounter at Sammelan Market in Ashiana Nagar in December 2002.
Seven other convicts including a DSP case were awarded life imprisonment by the court. The three boys— Vikas Ranjan, Prashant and Himanshu Yadav — were gunned down around 4 pm on December 28, 2002. The police had initially claimed that the trio were members of the notorious Ashok Natwa gang and had gone to the market for committing some crime.
Sources had said that Vikas had a tiff with a telephone booth owner, Kamlesh Kumar Gautam, over payment against calls on the fateful day. Vikas left the place only to return with Prashant and Himanshu to teach Kamlesh a lesson. However, Kamlesh and the other traders confined the trio to the market and thrashed them. Later, the police killed them.
During investigation, it came to the fore that Vikas was a student of electronics and a diploma holder in hardware engineering. His friends Prashant and Himanshu were students of RPS College .
The incident took a political twist with the opposition parties, including the BJP, giving a bandh call. The frenzied mob ruled the roost almost for three consecutive days, forcing the police to remain mute spectators. Later, the CBI took over the case.
On June 6, a fast-track court headed by additional district and sessions judge (I) Ravishankar Sinha charged Shamse Alam and suspended constable Arun with murder.
The six others —Kamlesh Kumar Gautam, Rajiv Kumar Ranjan, Sony Rajak, Kumud Kumar, Rakesh Kumar Mishra and Anil Kumar — have been charged with attempt to murder.