2013 Kamduni gangrape-murder: Kolkata court finds six guilty, sentencing likely today

The judge found Imanul Islam, Aminul Islam and Bhola Naskar guilty under sections 376 (d) (gangrape), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of IPC.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Updated: January 29, 2016 12:07 am
Kamduni, gangrape, 2013 Kamduni gangrape, kolkata gangrape, kolkata gangrape case, Kamduni gangrape, Kamduni murder case, Kamduni gangrape case, Kamduni murder case, kolkata news, india news Kamduni College girl gang rape accused are taken to custody after the verdict at City Session Court, Calcutta on Thursday. Express photo by Subham Dutta

Two years, seven months and 20 days after the gangrape and murder of a 20-year-old student, a Kolkata court Thursday found six of the eight accused guilty of gangraping and murdering the woman at Kamduni village in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. Two accused were let off due to lack of evidence. The quantum of punishment is likely to be announced Friday.

The verdict in the case, in which nine men, including one who died during the trial, were chargesheeted, was pronounced by Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanchita Sarkar at 2 pm.

Three convicts — Saiful Ali, Ansar Ali and Amin Ali — could face death penalty as they were charged under sections 302 (murder), 376A (rape), 376D (gangrape), 120B (criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable with death) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) under the IPC.

However, charged under sections 376D, 120B and 201 of the IPC, Emanul Islam, Bhola Naskar and Aminur Islam face a minimum imprisonment for 20 years and a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. Rafiqul Islam Gazi and Noor Ali were acquitted for want of evidence, while Gopal Naskar had died in jail.

As the judge read out the verdict, Amin broke down and, later, fell unconscious.

Meanwhile, the court campus witnessed high-drama as four Left-backed women rights outfits demonstrated to demand death penalty for all the accused.

“There has already been a delay in serving justice in spite of the Chief Minister assuring that offenders would be brought to book in one month and now these people have been acquitted. We are definitely not satisfied,” said social activist Ramala Chakraborty.

The convenor of ‘Aakraanta Aamaraa’, another organisation that participated in the protest blamed the state and the police for the acquittals.

“The police, administration and government lawyers don’t take proper steps against these incidents leading to the acquittal or minimal punishment of offenders. This is probably what has happened in this case as well,” said Ambikesh Mahapatra, who teaches at Jadavpur University.

Not happy with the judgment, public prosecutor Aninda Rout added, “We have not yet got the copy of the order. We will have to see why the two accused had been acquitted.”

The defence, meanwhile, vowed to take the fight to a higher court. Defence lawyer Phiroze Edulji confirmed that the accused will soon challenge the verdict in the high court.

“My brother has been definitely framed. I don’t know if it is a political conspiracy or some other kind of vendetta, but he had nothing to do with the murder. We are considering moving the High Court,” said Arshad Ali, brother of Ansar.

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    Islamforfoools
    Jan 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    Keel manta, she is doing Hindu genocide
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    Rajesh
    Jan 28, 2016 at 10:19 am
    "Rafiqul Islam and Nur Ali were acquitted owing to lack of evidence against them. ".....How is there lack of evidence in a gang-rape case? Jihadi Didi making sure her Mullah voters are happy.
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    Dr Gautam
    Jan 29, 2016 at 8:04 pm
    Appeal in any court,judges if they believe in judtice ,their own families should be firm ,never overturn the judgement instead make it more severe,punish the accquited,so that it serves as a voice of judtice ,shame on the rapists in the land of greats like bose,khudi ram,bankim chandra and tagore they must be turning in their graves,mamta be a women first and then a politician!!!
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    Dr Gautam
    Jan 29, 2016 at 7:57 pm
    Santina doing india proud,these ba----ds doing india in,what are we rape country of the world?? Judges,moral s,society,family,our culture,our multi religions,can nothing help or only politicians rape the country ,while it suffers
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    Manu USA
    Jan 28, 2016 at 10:49 am
    Hang them all, no leniency at all !!
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    Me Marathi
    Jan 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm
    Islamic jihadis are born rapists. They only understand a bullet in their halfd!!cks.
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    Sada
    Feb 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm
    It is most unfortunate that despite positive proofs, the judiciary takes such a long time to punish the offenders. This is the case with every offence related to women and murder/rape etc. It is not too late to expect a stiffer punishment for the accused. Too much delay will only cause resentment among the public at large and entail in law being taken in one's own hands. One such case is that of "NIRBHAYA" wherein one of the accused - is considered - juvenile, and released. He will certainly not be spared if he happens to get identified by the public, and those affected family. It is a shame on the JJB and the Judiciary.
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    P M
    Jan 29, 2016 at 7:36 am
    Put behind bar ; ask inmates to give good treatment ; smash the balls into mince meat .. fed it to dogs ..
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