Court awards life imprisonment to three in Rajib Das case

Three persons were on Friday awarded life imprisonment by a local court in connection with the brutal killing of 16-year-old Rajib Das, who was attacked while trying to protect his sister from being molested by goons in 2011.

Barasat: Three persons were on Friday awarded life imprisonment by a local court in connection with the brutal killing of 16-year-old Rajib Das, who was attacked while trying to protect his sister from being molested by goons in 2011.

First Additional District Judge Prabir Kumar Mishra awarded the sentence to Biswanath Chatterjee, Mithun Das and Monojit Biswas who were yesterday pronounced guilty and convicted under Sections 302 (punishment for murder), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC and Section 25 of Arms Act.

"We are happy," Rajib's sister and mother said on hearing the verdict.

While convict Mithun Das claimed before the judge that he was innocent and hoping for justice in a higher court, another convict Monojit Biswas alleged that he had been framed by the CID.

The brutal murder of Rajib Das had taken place on the night of February 14, 2011 at Kachhari Maidan in Barasat, the district headquarters of North 24-Parganas.

Rajib was accompanying his elder sister, who was returning from her workplace in Kolkata, to their Banamalipur residence from Barasat Railway Station at around 11.30 pm while the drunken goons tried to molest her at Kacchari Maidan, an area dotted with bungalows and offices of top district administrative officials.

Postmortem report had later revealed that Rajib was stabbed at least 17 times. 

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