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7 get death penalty for murder of 6

Faridabad/Jalandhar, August 28
A court here today sentenced five persons, including a Sub-Inspector of Uttar Pradesh police, to death and 10 to life imprisonment in a five-year-old case of murder of four persons.

The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Justice R.S. Virk, awarded the death penalty to Brahmjit, Jaiprakash, Vijaypal, Raju and Shivnath, all hailing from Budena village, holding them guilty of murdering four fellow villagers and burning their bodies before disposing it off in 1999.

Their associates Dinesh, Shyam Singh, Ishwar Singh, Laxmi Narayan, Prabhati, Kanwal Singh, Shyam Singh, Kanwar Singh, Bramprakash and Harinder were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Shivnath is a Sub-Inspector of UP police.

In 1999, a Budena villager Risal Singh had filed a complaint, accusing fellow villager Brahmjit and others of murdering his two sons Satyapal and Harpal, grandson Devesh and a relative Raju.

In his complaint, filed in Old Faridabad police Station, Risal Singh had said his family had an old enmity with that of Brahmjit.

With the intention of solving this, Satyapal, Harpal, Devesh and his relative Raju went to meet Brahmjit in a car but none of them returned.

Risal got the information that the car in which they had gone had been found by the police as unclaimed.

During questioning, Brahmjit admitted that he, along with his associates, had killed the four and burnt their bodies. The bodies were then thrown in a canal and have not been recovered so far.

District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal on Saturday awarded death sentence to two accused Gagan Kannojia and Rajinder Kumar for killing two minor children identified as Heena(8) and Abhishekh (6) after kidnapping them for ransom.

The two were already convicted under Sections 302, 364, 201 and 34 of the IPC on Thursday for brutal killing of the siblings, on the evening of June 8, 2000.

In a jam-packed court in the late evening the judge pronounced the judgement terming the case as rarest of the rare and awarded capital punishment to the two accused.

About 20 witnesses, including key witnesses Sahil and Rakesh Kumar, recorded their statements in the case that lasted for over four years.

The siblings went missing on the evening of June 8 and their bodies, stuffed in a gunny bag with their heads covered with polythene bags and hands and legs tied, were recovered on June 9 from a vacant plot in the Khurla Kingra area of the city.

Incidentally the accused were neighbours of the deceased, who used to call them uncles. The accused lured the children from near their house in the Makhdoompura locality of the city on the evening of June 8, when the kids were returning from the tution.

The accused, then wrote a letter to the kids’ family demanding a ransom of Rs 10 lakh and planned to eliminate them to avoid their identification, Kamal Kishore, father of the children, said.

Interestingly, Gagan even helped the family in searching for kids after they did not return home. However, the accused went missing as soon as he realised that the police had started suspecting him.

When they found that they could not escape from the police dragnet, they finally surrendered before the court on June 13, 2000, through their counsel. — PTI

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