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47 Indian police sentenced to life over Sikh killings

Indian police officers involved in the killing of 10 Sikh pilgrims in 1991 have been sentenced to life by a court in Lucknow.

The forty-seven policemen were found guilty of staging a "fake encounter", a term used to describe a planned extrajudicial killing. They lied that the Sikh men were militants and armed.

The Central Bureau for Investigation (CBI) said that the motive for the killings was to earn awards and recognition for killing "terrorists", according to NDTV.

In 1991, a group of Sikh families, including children, was travelling by bus through the state Uttar Pradesh in northern India after visiting holy sites, when they were stopped by police. The policemen divided the Sikh men into groups and led them into the jungle where they were shot.

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