AGRA: A UP police constable, who was part of a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team and posted in Gautam Buddh Nagar, was sentenced to life by the additional district judge of a court in Mathura for shooting a 23-year-old man with his service weapon following a road rage incident three years ago.
On March 21, 2019, constable Rohit Yadav, now 36, shot dead Rajat Sharma using his service pistol near the 100-bed government hospital in Mathura after Sharma along with his elder brother Arun and two other friends, who were going to celebrate Holi in Vrindavan on two different bikes, had an argument with the constable who was driving an SUV. Yadav, who was carrying his gun, whipped out the weapon and shot Sharma in the chest from close range. The victim was declared “brought dead” at the hospital. Additional district government counsel (ADGC) Bhishm Dutt Singh Tomar told TOI on Thursday: “Considering statements of nine witnesses and foolproof evidence related to the case, the court of the additional district judge-03, Santosh Kumar, found the accused constable Rohit Yadav guilty of killing Rajat Sharma using his 9mm pistol. He was sentenced to life on Wednesday and a fine of Rs 50,000 was also slapped on him. He is currently in prison.”
A resident of Etawah district, Yadav had served in the special operation group (SOG) of Mathura police before he was transferred to Gautam Buddh Nagar. After shooting Sharma, the local police found the convict with the weapon on the spot. An FIR was subsequently lodged by Sharma’s father and, interestingly, police later showed in their records that Yadav was caught from “another place” six hours after the crime, the ADGC said.

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