Death penalty to six accused in murder case
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 21:40
Jammu: Sixteen years after the murder of a contractor, a local court has awarded death sentence to six persons in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir.

After hearing the prosecution and defence counsels in connection with the murder of a contractor Yash Paul Singh alias Bhola in 1995, Principal Sessions Judge Kathua Jang Bahadur Singh Jamwal yesterday awarded death sentences to six persons involved in the murder in the district.

The six persons who were awarded death penalty were identified as Jagvinder Singh alias Pappi, Varinder Kumar, Jasbir Singh alias Jassi, Ram Nath Raina alias Natha, Gurdeep Singh alias Kali and Ajay Kumar alias Kalu.

While awarding death penalty to six accused, the judge referred to various judgements of Supreme Court and observed "the court is satisfied that this is the rarest of rare case and is uncommon from the ordinary offence committed herein.

"The accused had been the member of 'unlawful assembly' right from the begining of the offence till they eliminated the deceased and cut him into pieces. The blows inflicted brutally have shown the animal intent of the accused," the judge said in his order.

"There is no possibility of the convicts being reformed and in case they are permitted to remain on the earth, there is every likelihood that the people may lose faith in the courts for not punishing the accused as per the offence committed," he further observed.

The court directed that the record of the case be submitted to High Court for confirmation of the sentences imposed. The convicts were also informed of their right to appeal within 14 days, if they choose so.

Contractor Yash Paul Singh was murdered in broad-day light by seven accused on April 7, 1995 and during the course of trail one of the accused namely Sukhdev Singh died.


First Published: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 21:40

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