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17 Indian police ‘convicted’ They could face to death or life in prison

NEW DELHI, June 6, (AP): Seventeen Indian police officers were convicted Friday of kidnapping and killing a 22-year-old jobseeker in custody and could face the death penalty. The New Delhi court where they were convicted will announce their sentences on Monday, said Kanchan Prasad, a spokeswoman for India’s federal investigating agency.

They could be sentenced to death or to life in prison. The conviction of 17 police officers in a single case is believed to be unprecedented in India. Prosecutors said Ranbir Singh had gone to the northern Indian city of Dehradun looking for a job when he was arrested by police for allegedly committing a robbery. He died in police custody in 2009. Judge J.P. Malik also convicted the police officers of entering into a criminal conspiracy to kill Singh.

The officers denied the charges against them and can appeal their conviction in a higher court. The case was shifted to New Delhi from Dehradun, the capital of Uttrakhand state, after the victim’s father, Ravindra Singh, filed a petition in India’s top court arguing that he did not expect justice from the state police as their officers were involved in the crime

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