Jugal Kishore last spoke to his wife over phone in 2004. She cut the call soon saying that she was cooking lunch for three relatives who had come from their village. Two hours later,his house was robbed and his wife,his 28-year-old son and nine-year-old grandson were murdered. Nine years later,a city court on Tuesday awarded death punishment to the trio who,after having lunch,brutally murdered the three and robbed the house of Rs 1 lakh.
Terming the act as a rarest of rare case on account of the betrayal and treachery,Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the accused along with death penalty. The fine amount would be given to the family of the victims as compensation.
The court observed that the murders had disrupted the lives of the remaining family members. Jugal Kishore was undergoing psychiatric treatment. The neighbours shunned the family after the incident and they had to shift. After the death of his son,the family came to know that he had cleared the Uttar Pradesh Public Civil Services examination. Taking into consideration the brutality of the murders and the torture that the family had to endure,the judge held that the crime had shocked the conscience of the community at large.
Lau in her verdict observed the crime was planned. She said killing three members of a family for cash and jewellery was diabolical and dastardly in nature.
Do these convicts deserve any compassion or mercy when they themselves have none? To my mind,any mercy to these convicts would be misplaced and disproportionate to the enormity of the crime and,hence,I conclude that the only befitting punishment would be the rarest of rare punishment, Lau said while sentencing them to death. The verdict has been sent to the High Court for confirmation.
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