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Three cops arrested for 32-year-old fake encounter case

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Three policemen who were wanted in a 32-year-old alleged fake encounter of the brother of a former MLA have been arrested, police said today.

Devendra Pratap Singh, brother of former MLA Udaybhan Singh was killed in a fake encounter in 1982, five years after which a case of murder was lodged in Gopiganj police station against 20 policemen, including two inspectors and two sub-inspectors, who were absconding, Superintendent of Police, Anil Kumar Rai said.

On the petition filed by Singh’s family members, the Allahabad High Court had last week questioned why the culprits have not been arrested so far, the SP said.

Three policemen named Malkhan Singh, Phool Chand and Manzoor Ahmed were arrested from their houses here yesterday, police said.

While two others have got bail from the court, three cops are dead now, the SP said.

Efforts are on to arrest the remaining culprits, he said.

Singh’s younger brother, Udaybhan Singh, a former MLA elected from Auraiye assembly seat on BSP ticket in 2002 is presently undergoing life sentence in a triple murder case.