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2013 Kamduni gangrape-murder: 3 get death sentence, life term for 3 others

Two acquitted, woman’s brother says will appeal in HC

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: January 31, 2016 2:14 am
2013 kamduni rape case, Kamduni gangrape and murder, Kamduni rape case, kamduni gangrape, Kamduni gangrape case, Kamduni rape case verdict, Kamduni case, Kamduni rape, west bengal news, india news, latest news Woman activists protest outside the city sessions court in Kolkata on Thursday. (Express photo by Subham Dutta)

A Kolkata court Saturday sentenced three convicts to death and three others to life imprisonment for the gangrape and murder of a 20-year-old woman in Kamduni in 2013.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanchita Sarkar handed out capital punishment to Ansar Ali, Saiful Ali and Amin Ali after finding them guilty under sections 376(d) (gangrape), 302 (murder), 376A (inflicting injury which causes death of a woman) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Three others —Emanul Islam, Aminur Islam and Bhola Naskar — were handed life imprisonment following their conviction under sections 376(d) (gangrape), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the IPC.

READ: TMC hails verdict, Oppn see ‘govt involvement’ in acquittals

While one accused, Gopal Naskar, had died in August last year, two others — Rafiqul Islam and Nur Ali — were acquitted by the court owing to lack of evidence against them. The woman’s brother, who was taken away from the packed courtroom after the judgement over security concerns, said, “I am happy…but will go to a higher court and to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the acquittal of the two accused.”

Defence counsels Firoze Edulji and T Ghosh had argued against death sentence for the three, claiming the case “couldn’t be termed a rarest of the rare crime”. They also cited several “similar cases” where different courts, including the Supreme Court, did not award the death sentence.

The prosecution counsel had said “annihilation is what they (convicts) deserve” and that they had showed no repentance.

READ: Kolkata court finds six guilty

The woman was gangraped and killed when she was returning home in Kamduni, about 30 km from Kolkata, in North 24 Parganas district after appearing for an examination at her college on June 7, 2013.

The incident had sparked widespread outrage, and led to demonstrations demanding better safety for women. Soon after, the Chief Minister had visited the woman’s house, but triggered a fresh bout of protests against the government after she alleged that the demonstrators had links with communists and Maoists.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Saturday alleged that two of the accused were acquitted because they are linked to the ruling party.

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  1. A
    Jan 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm
    Sushma should have borrowed idea from gulf of publicly hanging or beheading. Gear up to pay taxes for maintenance of these worthless souls until justice is done by hanging them.
    1. S
      Jan 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm
      Death is still a long way off (HC,SC,SC-review,President-mercy, SC-mercy,SC-mercy,.., Anti-death-penalty, SC-mercy etc.) , so I wish that they be put in Jail with hardcore criminals, and that they are themselves 'violated' at the earliest. And, are 'violated' daily till their case is heard in Courts ....
      1. Haradhan Mandal
        Jan 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm
        In cases like this I don't mind 'miscarriage of justice'! Let it happen - it is happening everyday. Give all of them death sentences, hang them soon so that we can not change our mind. If some one of them is innocent , does not matter - we will rather 'repent' later.
        1. N
          Jan 30, 2016 at 11:40 am
          Don't worry fools. There is always money that decides verdicts. An about to retire judge always needs his super annuation. Lawyers are just brokers between judge and the criminals. Not that it is not known to fools.
          1. d
            Jan 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm
            Hang them as quickly as possible, this will send a good warning to others not to do this kind of crime.
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