Cops to pay Rs 1 lakh for false cases

The Bihar State Human Rights Commission directed Sitamarhi district magistrate on Friday to recover Rs 1 lakh from four police officers who had falsely implicated a 70-year-old man in five dacoity cases.

The panel on January 30 had proposed to award Rs 1 lakh as compensation to Sitamarhi resident Ajit Nut, who was falsely implicated in five dacoities in 2010.

The home department has sanctioned the amount to be paid to Nut by Feb- ruary 28.

Early last year, Nat had petitioned the commission that he was lodged at Sitamarhi jail from March 23 to November 4, 2010 when he was falsely charge-sheeted in the five cases in 2010 at Runnisaidpur, Riga and Parsauni police stations.

On Friday, commission member Neel Mani directed Sitamarhi district magistrate (Pratima S. Verma) for the recovery of the amount from the four police officers at the three stations.

After Nat's petition, Sitamarhi SP Pankaj Sinha appeared before the panel on December 4 last year with an "action taken" report.

Sinha submitted that Nut had been wrongly implicated in the cases and departmental proceedings had been started against Riga station house officer Aniruddh Prasad Singh, sub-inspector Thakur Devendra Singh, sub- inspector Vakil Singh (both of Runnisaidpur police station) and Parsauni sub-inspector of police Arvind Singh.

The panel directed the SP to complete proceedings against the police officers concerned within three months, rectify miscarriage of justice, apprise courts accordingly and obtain time-bound explanations from the officers against the recovery of proposed compensation for Nut.

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