Dacoity on steep rise, says Delhi court
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Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012, 15:09
New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced five men to ten years in jail each for looting a house, saying that the incidents of dacoity are on rise of late and the offenders must be punished severely to deter others from committing such crimes.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Virender Bhat jailed Mohd Jahangir, Mohd Vakil, Mohd Shakilm, Mohd Aziz and Rajan Saha for committing dacoity in a West Delhi house four years ago.

"They (convicts) committed dacoity in the house of the complainant in broad day light and looted cash and other valuables. The offence, committed by the convicts, is very grave and attracts severe punishment. The offences of robbery and dacoity have seen a steep rise of late.

"These offences cannot be taken so lightly and it is high time that the convicts of these offences should be punished severely, so that it sends a strong signal to the community at large that the persons involved in such offences would not be spared lightly by the courts," the ASJ said.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on convict Jahangir and of Rs 50,000 each on the remaining four, who were also sentenced for possessing the valuables stolen in dacoity.

The incident dated back to May 12, 2008, when the five barged into a house in broad day light and committed the offence.

While the prosecution counsel sought severe punishment for the five, the defence counsel pleaded for leniency saying they are in the prime of their youth and have been languishing in jails for over three and a half years after the crime.

The court, however, refused to show leniency to them, saying they deserve severe punishments to deter others from committing such crimes.


First Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 15:09

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