Keenan-Reuben murder: All four accused found guilty, sentenced to life imprisonment by Mumbai court

The four accused – Jitendra Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulhaj and Dipak Tival – have been convicted by a Mumbai court.

Written by Sadaf Modak | Mumbai | Updated: May 6, 2016 1:17 am
Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes were murdered outside a restaurant in Amboli, Andheri in Mumbai.

NEARLY FIVE years after Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez were killed for confronting four men who molested their friend, a special women’s court found all four guilty on Thursday. Special Judge Vrushali Joshi sentenced Jitendra Rana, Satish Dulgaj, Sunil Bodh and Dipal Piwal to life imprisonment for the remainder of their lives.

All four accused were convicted on charges of murder. Rana and Dulgaj were also found guilty of molestation.

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“Two young boys lost their lives to a heinous crime committed by these four men. The two boys were only protecting their women friends from men who were treating them as their private property. It is not a case that fits into the rarest of rare category but the accused should be sentenced to life imprisonment,” said Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

The incident dates back to October 20, 2011, when 24-year-old Keenan, 29-year-old Reuben and five others had gone to a restaurant in Andheri.

When they left the restaurant at around 10.30 pm, the four men were outside. Rana and Dulgaj passed lewd comments and touched one woman inappropriately.

After Keenan confronted them, the four men left the spot, but warned that they would return and kill them.

Within 10-15 minutes, the men returned, with Rana and Dulgaj armed with knives stolen from a coconut shop. In the ensuing fight, Keenan was stabbed multiple times in his stomach. Reuben was also attacked with the knife.

Keenan succumbed to his injuries the same night. Reuben died on October 31.

“I am happy with the court’s decision,” said Benjamin, who was with his brother, Reuben, on the night they were attacked.

“A few days before my son died, he had told me, ‘You’ll see what I have done someday’… Now, when I realise that he lost his life standing up for someone, his words come back to me,” said Valerie, Keenan’s mother.

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    Rotten.Judiciary.of.india
    May 5, 2016 at 11:03 pm
    This is just a LOWER CORRUPT JUDGEMENT. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;HIGLY CORRUPT WILL STAY THEIR SENTENCE UNTIL ITS SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS ARE FILLED. AND ANOTHER HIGHLY CORRUPT WILL FILL ITS ACCOUNT BY VACATING THE STAY. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;THE CASE WILL NATURALLY GO TO THE SUPREME CORRUPT. FIRST THE SUPREME CORRUPT WILL FILL ITS OWN COFFERS IN MAURITIUS AND AGAIN STAY THE SENTENCE. AFTER TWO YEARS ANOTHER SUPREME CORRUPT WILL REVIEW THE JUDGEMENT AND FILL HIS ACCOUNT. ATLAST THE SUPREME CORRUPT WILL DISMISS THE CASE FOR LACK OF EVIDENCE. NOW THE YEAR IS 2035. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BUT HE PRESIDENT THEN NEED HIS OWN ACCOUNTS TO BE FILLED. SO HE WILL ASK ANOTHER SUPREME CORRUPT JUDGE TO AGAIN REVIEW THE CASE. THE NEW SUPREME CORRUPT WILL AGAIN FILL HIS COFFERS BY THREATENING THE MURDERS THAT HE WILL SENTENCE THEM TO DEATH. HIS COFFERS WILL NOW BE FILLED AND FINALLY HE WILL SENTENCE. NOW THE PRESIDENT WILL FILL HIS COFFERS AND PARDON THEM ALL. THE YEAR IS NOW 2055. THE END.
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      Maniktripathy
      May 5, 2016 at 6:56 am
      Good judgement...Main concern when it goes to corruption of crying den, the great inept Judiciary the "SC" and the sentences are reduced.....
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        Tuscani
        May 5, 2016 at 6:38 am
        These criminals will now enjoy in jail. They must be castrated and then jailed
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          Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          May 5, 2016 at 11:32 pm
          A bunch of poor slum dwellers come out of the nearby slum. They had a bit of booze. Not high cl type but the ones you get cheap and probably illicitly brewed. They had a bite also. They come to the nearby busy area. There they see some well oiled guys with their girl-friends probably dressed, made by a tailor with an eye on saving the cloth as much as possible. They are standing in front of a pub or restaurant which doubles up as a pub. Some place these guys cannot dream of going one day and have a nice dinner and gulp it down with some bs even the names of which they have not heard but only had imagined. Does it not calls for few catcalls and whistles. Definitely it does. For them to think is to act. Immediately few catcalls and whistles are heard. To add some e they make some juicy lewd remarks as well. A sane person would have ignored it and carried on. But when someone is in the company of beautiful girls generally sanity vanishes. One always wants to be a 'knight in shining armour'. So argues with the 'cats' and very well could have punched the cats also. As for the cats they suffered a loss of face.Their cl enemy has punched them. They go back to their 'adda' call more aid come back and attack their enemies and what all happened ensued. If these 'knights in shining armour' had just ignored the first moves by the slumlords it would have died down then and there. But how can one be seen as a coward when the dragons make catcalls at their beaues?
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            Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
            May 5, 2016 at 10:37 pm
            And what these boys and girls doing in front of a pub at late night?
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              Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
              May 6, 2016 at 2:15 am
              I did not justify the action of the slum men. I just told something without any bias or like one looks at the w issue from top through a gl parion.
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                Dr.Damodar Biswal
                May 5, 2016 at 6:31 am
                Indian justice jindabad.These people will be in jail till their death n will die every day .Life sentence is more appropriate than capital punishment for these wayward boys.
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                  stranger
                  May 5, 2016 at 9:11 am
                  death should have been the only punishment.
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