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Delhi Court awards life sentence for killing student leader

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 18:10

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday sentenced
a man to life imprisonment for murdering a students` union
president of a city college 11 years ago.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau sent Jitender alias
Kalla to life imprisonment for killing Anil Bhadana, the then
President of Satyawati College Students` Union, and the
quantum of punishment for killing the father of a witness
within an hour of the incident will be pronounced tomorrow.

The court had on March 11 convicted Jitender for
murdering the students` union president and K L Nayyar, father
of Sumit Nayyar who was a friend of Bhadana and Cultural
Secretary of the college union.

The court turned down the plea of accused who had
sought leniency on the ground that the incident was the result
of rivalry between students` groups.

According to the prosecution, Kalla had shot dead
Bhadana, 26, after opening fire from his licensed pistol at a
marriage function under Keshavpuram police station on March
10, 1999. Kalla was harbouring ill-will against Bhadana as he
was going to depose against the convict in a criminal case.

He also injured the father of the bridegroom while
opening fire indiscriminately as those attending function
tried to nab him.

Sumit, who had informed the police about the incident,
had to pay a heavy price as Kalla immediately went to his
home at Mukherjee Nagar and pumped three bullets in the chest
of his father to scare him away from maintaining his stand
before the police.

The court, while holding Kalla guilty, also relied on
the forensic report stating that the bullets were fired from
the licensed pistol of the convict.

Kalla was arrested on January 24, 2000, after
remaining elusive for over nine months. He is also facing
trial for fleeing from police custody in August, 2000.

The court acquitted one Jitender Gulati who was
accused of helping Kalla locate Sumit`s home in Mukherjee
Nagar, for want of evidence.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 18:10
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