February 18, 2014 2:08:32 am
A sessions court Monday sentenced a 21-year-old man to life imprisonment for robbing and murdering his employer in February 2012, at the latter’s rented flat in Pydhonie.
The convict Mohammed Haniff Allarakhah, an Ahmedabad resident, had come to the city with Allarakhah Ibrahim Siddhi (59), who hailed from the same village, to help him with his toy business. Siddhi used to purchased toys from Ahmedabad to sell them in Mumbai.
According to public prosecutor Deepak Lade, on February 29, 2012, Allarakhah strangulated Siddhi and then slit his throat. “He then stole ten bangles from Siddhi’s house thinking they were made of gold.
However, he later discovered they were imitation jewelery,” said Lade, who examined 17 witnesses including the last person to have seen the accused and the deceased together. Siddhi’s body was found a few days later after his neighbours complained of a foul smell.
While Allarakhah had managed to flee after the incident, Pydhonie police, on making inquiries, found out that Siddhi shuttled between Ahmedabad and Mumbai and, on several occassions, had brought workers from Ahmedabad to help him in his business.
A team was sent to Ahmedabad when a CCTV footage found Allarakhah boarding a train to Mumbai with Siddhi, days prior to his death.
Allahrakah was arrested in Ahmedabad on March 3, 2012 after which he allegedly confessed his crime. However, at the time of the trial, he claimed that he was wrongly implicated in the case.
When sessions judge B H Loya pronounced the sentence on Monday, Allarakhah, who had pleaded for leniency, reportedly collapsed in the court premise.
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