Indian court convicts 17 police officers of killing young man in custody; face death penalty

An Indian court has convicted 17 police officers of kidnapping and killing a 22-year-old job seeker in custody, and all of them could face the death penalty.

Kanchan Prasad, a spokeswoman for India's federal investigating agency, says the New Delhi court will announce their sentences on Monday. They could be sentenced to death or to life in prison.

Friday's conviction of 17 police officers in a single case is believed to be unprecedented in India.

Prosecutors say Ranbir Singh had gone to the northern Indian city of Dehradun looking for a job when he was arrested by police for allegedly committing a robbery.

Rights groups often accuse Indian security forces of torturing and killing people in custody to force them to confess.