A Bulandshahr court Monday sentenced four persons, including a man and his wife, to death for killing six of his family members including parents over property dispute in Narora police station area of the district in 2014.
“Additional District and Sessions Judge Sunil Kumar found the case rarest of rare and awarded death sentence to them after they were produced in the court from district jail where they have been lodged since after their arrest in January 2014,” government counsel, Bulandshahr, Navneet Sharma said.
Convicts include Momin Khan (40), wife Nazara Begum (35), cousin (brother) Zaikham (45) and latter’s son Sajid (27). The court had held them guilty on January 2.
The victims included Momin’s 70-year-old father Mausam Khan, mother Asgari Begum (65), elder brother Shaukeen Khan (35), Shaukeen’s wife Sano Begum (28), Shaukeen’s son Samad (12) and Momin’s niece Muskan (14).
Sharma said, total 10 prosecution witnesses including two eye-witnesses — Momin’s younger brother Ali Sher Khan and victim Muskan’s father Jaan Mohammad — were examined before the court.
“At the time of incident, Ali Sher and Jaan Mohammad were present in the house but managed to hide themselves. Ali Sher claims to have escaped the attack by hiding in the kitchen while Jaan Mohammad took shelter in cow shed,” said the government counsel.
No defence witness was examined.
According to prosecution, the incident occurred over running a brick kiln owned by Mausam Khan.
Momin and his cousin Zaikham used to run the brick kiln, but later Mausam asked them to hand over the work business to his another son Shaukeen following the business incurring losses in 2012.
Irked, Momin and Zaikham developed enmity with Mausam and other members of the family and planned to eliminate them. Momin had even started staying separately along with his wife.
Prosecution added that on January 24, 2014, around 8 pm, Momin, his wife, and Zaikham and his wife carrying sharp edged weapons reached Mausam’s house at Piprighat village. They attacked and killed six of the family members present in the house.
After the accused left the house, Ali Sher Khan informed the police. Later, Ali Sher got an FIR lodged against the accused at the Narora police station. The next day, police arrested the named accused and recovered the weapons used in the crime.
When contacted, Sajid’s lawyer Madan Pal said they “would file appeal against the court’s judgment”.