Rajasthan: Ex-DSP, 29 others get life terms for burning cop alive | India News – Times of India


JAIPUR: A Rajasthan court on Friday awarded rigorous life imprisonment to 30 persons, including a former DSP, over the death of a SHO who was burnt alive by a protesting mob in 2011.
SHO Phool Mohammed was first knocked unconscious during stone-pelting in his official vehicle in Sawai Madhopur, which the mob later set ablaze. In the case probed by the CBI, then DSP Mahendra Singh was found to have nursed a personal grudge against the slain officer and instigated the protesters.
The stir had turned violent after a protester, Rajesh Meena, jumped to death from an overhead water tank in Surwal village on March 17, 2011, alleging police inaction in the murder of an elderly woman, Dhakka Devi. They were demanding the arrest of the culprits and compensation.
Convicting DSP Singh and the others for rioting, murder, assaulting/obstructing public servants and other charges, special Sawai Madhopur court judge Pallavi Sharma also imposed fines between Rs 2,000 and Rs 50,000 on them.
Speaking to TOI, Mohammed’s elder son Suhail Khan said he was satisfied with the judgment. “As a family, we had always reposed our faith in the judiciary,” Suhail said. Suhail, who was a child then, was appointed in 2020 as a Rajasthan sub-inspector on compassionate grounds. He is now on probation with Jaipur (rural) police.
Speaking about Singh’s role, special public prosecutor Shridas Singh Rajawat said a police team led by the DSP was dispatched to contain the situation. “The DSP fled when the situation turned violent. He had also instigated the villagers against the SHO,” Rajawat added.





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