LUCKNOW: A CB-CID investigation has indicted five policemen, including an inspector, for implicating a youth in a false case of possessing and selling drugs in 2003 in Bahraich.
The case relates to the arrest of Sarfaraz Ahmed by Nawabganj police in Bahraich on June 14, 2003 allegedly for possession of 1 kg heroin that he had supposedly smuggled from Nepal into UP.
Apart from the then in-charge of Nawabganj police station, inspector Parshuram Dohre, sub-inspectors Ram Shabd Yadav, Anup and Lal Chand, constable Abhimanyu Pandey – all of whom were members of the arrest party – have now been chargesheeted.
Interestingly, during investigations by the CB-CID, inspector Parshuram Dohre pursued the case up to the Supreme Court to get the police proceedings quashed, but to no avail. Sarfaraz’s lawyer Abdul Aziz Khan told TOI that Dohre had filed a chargesheet in the case on December 24, 2003 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
In 2005, we petitioned our case to the government and got the case transferred to CB-CID. “A fresh FIR was registered against the accused cops under the charges of wrongful confinement (342), theft (379), forgery (467), forgery for cheating (468), using genuine documents as forged (471),” said Khan. Khan said that in 2019, Dohre moved the Allahabad high court to quash the case against him but got no respite.
Later, he moved the Supreme Court, but his appeal was turned down. The governor gave a prosecution sanction in March 2022 against the cops. Thereafter, a chargesheet was filed in the case on December 22, 2022.
“The court has set January 17 as the next day of hearing in the case,” said Khan.
Sarfaraz’s father Izhar Ahmad (62) told TOI that his son Sarfaraz was only 19, when police had arrested him from a tea stall in Nawabganj police station.He was carrying Rs 35,000 which was robbed by the cops then. Sarfaraz spent a total of 11 months in jail before he was granted bail by the HC.

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