The Supreme Court's observation that in cases where a fake encounter is proved against policemen in a trial, they must be given the death sentence (May 15) should be hailed by all. While fake encounters take place in all States, Gujarat and Maharashtra are notorious for them. They even have so-called encounter specialists, who have been rewarded and promoted for their ‘service.'

In this context, the Supreme Court warning is significant. Fake encounters are indeed cold-blooded, brutal murders by those expected to uphold the law. Those found guilty of staging fake encounters deserve the highest punishment under the law.

Atiq Khan, Mumbra

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