Man gets life imprisonment for killing mason
A city court on Tuesday awarded rigorous life imprisonment to a man for bludgeoning to death a mason in 2007 here following a dispute over washing of plates.
New Delhi: A city court on Tuesday awarded
rigorous life imprisonment to a man for bludgeoning to death
a mason in 2007 here following a dispute over washing of
Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria said "though the
case is based on circumstantial evidence as there was no
eye-witness, the prosecution has established the chain of
incidents which led to the conclusion that the offence was
committed by Jhalwa Orawan."
The convict, hailing from Katihar district of Bihar,
escaped the gallows for killing mason Mahesh as the court held
that the offence did not fall under the rarest of rare
category warranting imposition of capital punishment.
"Although several injuries were inflicted on the victim,
these injuries were inflicted by a wooden stick. Moreover, the
convict is young and is not a previous convict... and hence,
the offence did not require capital punishment," the court
The accused, who was working as a worker in an
under-construction building at Safdarjung Enclave here, was
assaulted by Mahesh on the night of January 10, 2007, after he
refused to wash his plates after taking supper.
Orawan got enraged over the turn of events. Later, he
took out a wooden stick and bludgeoned Mahesh, a resident of
Purnia district in Bihar, to death.
An FIR was lodged by Ram Krishan, another mason. He,
while testifying during the trial, stood firm on his statement
given to the police saying though he did not witness the
incident but an altercation between the accused and the victim
had taken place before him.
The court said the recovery of the wooden stick at the
instance of the accused and the fact that he (convict) had an
altercation with the victim before the offence constituted
enough circumstantial evidence to drive home his guilt.