A Delhi court sentenced three youth to rigorous imprisonment for life for assaulting and killing an 18-year-old boy with sticks and bricks.
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau awarded the jail term to Delhi residents Sanjay Dhankad (27), Bhagwan Sahai (24) and Mohan Singh (27) for murdering Manoj in 2010.
The court rejected the prosecution plea for death penalty for the trio, saying the case does not fall within the category of the rarest of rare.
“The mitigating factors in the case are that all convicts — Sanjay Dhankad, Bhagwan Sahai and Mohan Singh — are young. The aggravating factors are that deceased Manoj was also a boy of 18 and there was a history of dispute between the convicts and the deceased on account of which victim Manoj was mercilessly beaten in broad daylight in full public view without any fear of law. Any person who tried to intervene was also threatened,” the judge said.
The court imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on each convict. The amount will be given to Manoj’s family.