Says cop killers should have been put on trial, not killed

New Delhi : Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Tuesday decried the killing of eight jail escapees in an encounter by police in Bhopal, saying brutal killing of head constable Ram Prasad Yadav by them “does not entitle the police to do extra judicial killIng.”

In a Facebook post, he said: “The police should have charge-sheeted the alleged killer or killers of Yadav, and asked for a trial, instead of taking the law into their own hands.”

Not denying the killing of Yadav being dastardly, he said the question remains to identify the real culprits.

Giving an example of the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder, he said the problem remains to identify the real culprits.

“For instance, if six persons are accused of a crime, it is quite possible that three are really guilty, while the others are not. So the Court has to examine the evidence and sift the grain from the chaff, and not convict everyone who is accused.”

To those who advocate no trial of “terrorists” but summarily bumping off them, he suggested to “Please coolly consider how dangerous is this approach.”

“If a man wants to have bumped off someone against whom he has enmity, he has only to give some money to some police people ( it is well known that a large section of the police has become corrupt ), have him declared as a ”terrorist” and bumped off. Will anyone be safe,” he asked.

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