A court here has issued non-bailable warrants against 19 policemen in a 31-year-old fake encounter case, officials said here on Saturday.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Ram Swaroop Saroj on Friday issued non-bailable warrants against 19 policemen and fixed April 30 as the next date of hearing.

The police claimed to have killed one Devendra Singh in an encounter in the Gopiganj area here on April 4, 1982.

Later the State government, on a complaint by Devendra’s brother, handed over the probe to the CB-CID which found the encounter fake.

A case of murder and criminal conspiracy was lodged against 20 policemen. Only one accused appeared regularly in court hearings.

The court had earlier written to the Uttar Pradesh DGP for the appearance of 19 policemen who did not attend the court proceedings. PTI