Framed for murder, UP man studies law, fights own case & gets acquitted | Meerut News

MEERUT: Twelve years ago, at the tender age of 18, Amit Chaudhary found himself entangled in a crime he didn’t commit. Framed for the murder of two constables in UP’s Meerut and wrongly accused of being a gangster, Chaudhary’s life suddenly plunged into a dark abyss.
As the deceased were police personnel, the crime attracted the attention of then UP CM Mayawati, who ordered the immediate arrest of the culprits. Despite being in Shamli with his sister at the time of the incident, Chaudhary became one of 17 accused in the case , facing stringent charges under IPC and NSA.
Accused of being part of the notorious Kail gang that had hatched the murder plot, Chaudhary endured two years behind bars, facing charges that threatened to mar his future.
Chaudhary, however, made the adversity the catalyst for his remarkable transformation – and escape – and studied law to prove his innocence.
A farmer’s son from Kirthal village in Baghpat, he had remained steadfast in his resolve even in prison, resisting attempts by notorious jail inmates to involve him in criminal activities.
He said, “In Muzaffarnagar jail, dreaded gangsters like Anil Dujana and Vicky Tyagi (both killed in encounters) tried to enroll me into their gang. The jailor was good-natured, and he allowed me into a barrack where gangsters were not lodged. “
Released on bail in 2013, Chaudhary embarked on a determined journey to clear his name “so that my family could walk with their heads high in society”.
Rising above stigma, he immersed himself in the study of law, achieving academic milestones that included a BA, LLB, and LLM, eventually passing the Bar Council’s examination.
Armed with legal knowledge, he took charge of his own case.
“The case dragged on at a snail’s pace with no statements recorded. By that time, I had completed all academic and other formalities to join the Bar as a lawyer and pursued the case with a single-minded focus.”
He added: “I, as a lawyer, representing my own case, was standing right in front of the officer who stood in the witness box, and yet he could not identify me. This perplexed the judge and convinced her that I was framed wrongly .”
The court’s decision, which came only recently, exonerated 13 individuals, including Chaudhary, stating,
“The prosecution has failed to prove the offense of criminal conspiracy to kill constables Krishanpal and Amit Kumar and loot their rifles, beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Meanwhile, the real orchestrators of the murder – Sumit Kail, Neetu, and Dharmendra – faced different fates. Kail was killed in a 2013 encounter, Neetu received a life sentence and a fine of Rs 20,000 for killing the constable and taking his guns, and Dharmendra succumbed to cancer before the verdict.
While Chaudhary’s dreams of joining the Army were shattered, he remained resilient.
“I had dreams of getting into the Army and was even preparing for it. But that black night of 2011 changed my life,” Chaudhary said
Now I want to pursue a PhD in criminal justice. I think God has chosen me to fight for other unfortunate ones. That’s my destiny now,” he added.