A special court in India has sentenced 47 policemen to life in prison for killing a group of Sikh pilgrims in 1991 whom they had claimed were militants.
The officers were convicted of shooting dead the pilgrims to try and earn promotions in Uttar Pradesh state, which was hit by Sikh militant activity at the time, the Press Trust of India said.
Prosecutor SC Jaiswal said the police stopped a bus carrying the pilgrims and their families before later marching 11 of them into a jungle area and carrying out the killings.
“The court observed that there was ample evidence to award life sentences to the guilty,” Jaiswal said. Read More