17 Indian police officers were sentenced to life in prison for their role in a complex case involving the kidnapping and killing of a 22-year-old business school graduate in 2009.
The MBA graduate of Meerut University, Ranbir Singh, initially came in contact with police when he traveled to the city of Dehradun in order to look for a job. Initial reports after his death attempted to frame him as a criminal, claiming he was involved in an extortion racket and was shot by law enforcement officials as he attempted to escape arrest.
According to the Huffington Post, however, a more detailed investigation determined that he had been tortured by police and shot 12 times at close range while in custody.
The officers were sentenced by Judge J.P. Malik, who spared them the death penalty that had been requested by the victim’s family. According to the Times of India, seven of the officers were convicted on murder charges, while 10 were convicted of conspiring to murder. An additional officer was also convicted for making an incorrect record of the incident.
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The ruling took place in New Delhi after the victim’s father, Ravindra Singh, requested it be transferred in order to avoid corrupt practices in the area where his son was killed. The officers who denied guilt are likely to appeal.