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NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – At least forty-seven policemen have been sentenced to life in prison for shooting dead 10 Sikh pilgrims who they claimed were terrorists, on July 12, 1991.

The trial court had on Friday held the policemen guilty of a “fake encounter.”

The officers were convicted of shooting dead the pilgrims to try and earn promotions in Uttar Pradesh state which at the time was hit by Sikh militant activity, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said.

The officers stopped a bus carrying the pilgrims and their families before later marching 11 of them into a jungle area of the northern state and carrying out the killings, prosecutor SC Jaiswal said.

Fifty-seven policemen were charged in the case, but 10 have died since.