Faiz Rahman Siddiqui, TNN | Mar 31, 2015, 09.07AM IST
KANPUR: The district and sessions judge of Farrukhabad sentenced a history-sheeter, accused of killing a police officer, to death on Monday.
Accused Chandra Prakash Kori had shot dead SHO of Kotwali Raj Kumar Singh on November 30, 2014.
A team from Kotwali police station, headed by Raj Kumar Singh, had arrived at Lakula Bagh Rustam area to arrest Kori in connection with the murderous attack on corporator Rakesh Gangwar. When the police asked him to surrender, Kori took out a firearm and shot at inspector Raj Kumar Singh from close range.
Singh suffered bullet injuries on his chest and fainted on the spot. He was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Farrukhabad, where doctors pronounced him dead. Later, policemen chased and arrested Kori after a brief exchange of fire. The police had claimed to recover a country-made pistol of 315 bore and several cartridges from Kori.
The country-made gun used in killing Singh was purchased by the accused for Rs 3,500 from an arms dealer in Kiratpur area of the district.
The police registered a case against Kori under Section 302 (punishment for murder), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 25/27 Arms Act.
The court ruled that the case was rare and that accused should be given harshest punishment.
District and sessions judge Rajan Chaudhary ordered accused be hanged till death.
The family members of the deceased SHO said: "We were hopeful that court will announce death sentence to the accused. Now, no criminal will dare to attack a police official."
Raj Kumar Singh had taken charge of SHO Farrukhabad Kotwali police station on October 10, 2014 after being transferred from Hamirpur district. A native of Rae Bareli, he had joined UP police service as a sub-inspector in 1984. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/SOs-killer-given-death-sentence/articleshow/46753452.cms [last accessed 09 April 2015]