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Twelve policemen were booked under various sections of IPC (Indian Penal Code) including murder charges following an order from a court directing the police to lodge a first information report (FIR) in a case related to the encounter killing of a 45-year-old Muslim man over cow slaughter allegations.

In September 2021, Zeeshan Haider, a farmer from Thitki village, died at the district hospital after being shot by the local police over accusations of cow slaughter. However, his family denied the charges and maintained that he was not involved in any crime and moved the Allahabad High Court against the killing.

The High Court directed the Saharanpur court to dispose of his petition. On January 19 this year, the CJM court in Saharanpur ordered for registration of an FIR against the erring policemen within 24 hours observing at the prima facie, a non-cognizable offence appears to be made.

‘In the affidavit filed by the Saharanpur district officer, there is no mention of any action about other allegations levelled by Mrs Afroz (wife of Zeeshan). However, there is only mention of the probe conducted by the Saharanpur SP city. On the basis of the statements and facts mentioned in the pleas filed by the petitioner with regard to this police station, a non-cognizable offence appears to be made in the prima facie. In this situation, actual truth can not come to the court unless there is an unbiased probe about the allegations made by the petitioner after filing an FIR as per the established process. This is necessary for the purpose of justice,” noted Judge Anil Kumar.

Syed Isa Raza, Zeeshan’s cousin brother and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, informed that the police have registered an FIR against 12 policemen on January 22.

When approached Deoband police station to seek details related to the FIR, Hriday Narain Singh, in charge of the police station, said that he will not share the details related to any person. “It will violate the secrecy of the case,” he said.

However, Saharanpur SSP Vipin Tada told the media about the FIR filed against the policemen in the case.

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