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Court orders payment of Rs 14 lakh to kin of Pilibhit victims

Special CBI court, which awarded life sentence to 47 Uttar Pradesh policemen in the 25-year-old fake encounter case in Pilibhit, has ordered payment of Rs 14 lakh to the family of each victim from the fines imposed on the convicts, according to a CBI release.

CBI Special Judge Lallu Singh, while pronouncing the quantum of punishment, imposed a fine of Rs 11 lakh to then SHO/SO, Rs 8 lakh to then SI and Rs.2.75 lakh to the constables who were sentenced in the case relating to fake encounter of 10 Sikhs during July, 1991, the release said.

From the fines collected from the convicts, the families of each victim will be paid the compensation.

CBI had registered three cases on Supreme Court orders after it was alleged that 10 suspected Punjab militants were shot dead by police in Pilibhit.

They were pilgrims and were intercepted by a police party led by Additional SP, Pilibhit near Kacchla Ghat on July 12, 1991 when they were travelling in a bus and were killed in the early morning in July 13, 1991 in three fake encounters, the CBI said.
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