New Delhi: Three men have been awarded death penalty by a Delhi court for brutally murdering three family members, including a child, with a motive to rob their house nearly a decade ago.
The court said it was a "rarest of rare" case as the three murders were committed in "extremely brutal, diabolical, revolting and dastardly" manner and they have shocked the collective conscience of the society.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Kamini Lau awarded capital punishment to Uttar Pradesh residents Surender, 32, Vijay Pal, 27, and Virender, 33, and imposed a fine of Rs 1.1 lakh on each of them. The court said out of the fine amount, Rs 3 lakh be given to family of the victims.
"This act of the convicts in brutally killing the three members of a family including an aged woman and a child, has invited extreme indignation of the community and shocked the collective conscience of the society whose expectation from the authority... Is to inflict the death sentence which is only natural and logical.
"This court cannot ignore the loud cry for justice by the society in this case involving heinous crime of murder," the court said.
According to police, the brutal killings took place in a house in Rohini when the three accused murdered 54-year-old Mridula Kishore, her 28-year-old son Rajesh Kishore and her nine-year-old grandson Ankit.
The accused were known to the family as Surender belonged to Mridula`s village and the other two men were his relatives.
On the afternoon of February 5, 2004, the three accused went to the victims` house and had lunch there. Thereafter, they killed the victims by slashing their necks and strangulating them, the police said.
At the time of the incident, Rajesh was sleeping in his room and the minor had just came from school.
After murdering them, the accused took away jewellery and Rs 1 lakh cash from the house.
When the other family members came home in the evening, they found Mridula lying in a pool of blood in her room, while Rajesh and the child were lying in two different rooms with injury marks on their necks.