Lucknow: 16 policemen were sentenced life imprisonment and one to seven years in jail by a CBI court in Ghaziabad on Thursday for their role in the fake encounter of alleged terrorist Jaivinder Singh alias Jasana of Amritsar in the jungles of Kashiwala in Bijnore district in 1992.

Pronouncing the judgement the court also slapped a fine of Rs 5000 on each of the convicts, Home department sources said here.

Though the accomplice of the alleged terrorist had managed to escape, an AK-56 rifle and 14 cartridges and two magazines had been recovered from his possession, they said.

Though the case was being investigated earlier by the CB-CID, it was handed over to the CBI on March 24, 1993 which on finding the encounter as fake had filed a case against the policemen.