Think of it like that, and the real issue in this ghastly mess becomes clear. This was not a case of "mistaken identity", in the sense that it is hardly that the cops got the wrong men that was the crime here. This was simply murder, and it would have been just as much a crime had it really been Yaseen in that car.
That's why I'm so encouraged by the judgement delivered by Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar, may his tribe increase. He observed that "killing criminals in cold blood is also murder." He noted that the policemen "had planned in advance to kill [Yaseen] in cold blood." He said that they "would have been guilty even if they had killed Yaseen." (All quotes from Times of India Oct 17). Thank someone for judges like Vinod Kumar. Thank someone for his understanding of the simple idea of justice.
In other words, what I hope this judgement sheds light on is the whole sickening culture of police "encounters", and the widespread societal approval for them. Dreaded gangsters or not, the police cannot be allowed to shoot them down, and cannot be allowed to get away with shooting them down. But once we do allow them to do those things, we had better be prepared for murders like on that day in 1997: murders of perfectly ordinary folks like you and me.
Yes, it could have been you in that car that day. Because of Justice Kumar, there's just that much less chance that it might be you, bullet-ridden dead in another car, tomorrow. Think of it like that.
Postscript: Question -- is this case any different from that of Kausar Bi? Ishrat Jahan? Pinya Hari Kale? Jawed Fawda? Budhan Sabar? Khwaja Yunus? (Add more names as you see fit).
If so, how is it different?