Indian police officer jailed over death of person in custody

In this Sept. 9, 2015 file photo, Sanjiv Bhatt, an Indian officer with the intelligence bureau in the western state of Gujarat during the 2002 riots, speaks on his mobile phone in Ahmadabad, India. An Indian court has sentenced a former police officer, who alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s complicity in the killing of Muslims in western Gujarat state in 2002, to life in prison for a custodial death. Judge D.N. Vyas on Thursday, June 20, 2019, sentenced Bhatt in a case relating to the arrest of 150 people, one of whom died in police detention in 1990 in Gujarat state. The man's family said he died after he was tortured by Bhatt and some other police officers. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court has sentenced a former police officer who alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's complicity in the killings of Muslims in Gujarat state in 2002 to life in prison over the death of a person in custody.

Judge D.N. Vyas sentenced Sanjiv Bhatt on Thursday in a case related to the arrest of 150 people, one of whom died in police detention in western Gujarat state in 1990. The man's family said he was tortured by Bhatt and other police officers.

Bhatt and his family alleged that he was targeted by the government because of his allegations against Modi when his was the top elected official of Gujarat state in 2002 before he became prime minister in 2014.

Modi has denied any role in the killing of Muslims.