Two get life sen­tence for killing labourer Dou­ble mur­der: Ac­cused planned crime in June

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

A court here on Thurs­day sen­tenced two peo­ple to life im­pris­on­ment for the bru­tal mur­der of a 35-year-old labourer last year.

Ad­di­tional ses­sions Judge Mridula V Bha­tia sen­tenced Vicky Thakur, 22, and Gopal Giri, 37, both res­i­dents of Bhi­wandi, to life im­pris­on­ment and also im­posed a fine of Rs5,000.

They were asked to pay a com­pen­sa­tion of Rs 25,000 to the wife of the de­ceased.

Ad­di­tional pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Bulesh­war Hinge told the court that on May 13 last year po­lice­men found a body in a pool of blood along a road in Bhi­wandi’s Gore­gaon area. A 15-kg stone was found near the body with blood stains all over it, pros­e­cu­tor said.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion, Shra­van Gupta, 35, and both the two ac­cused had gone to the site for booze where a quar­rel broke out be­tween them and the ac­cused stoned Gupta to death.

The en­tire case was based on cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence and the pros­e­cu­tion ex­am­ined 15 wit­nesses.

The court re­lied on the ev­i­dence pre­sented be­fore it and held that the pros­e­cu­tion suc­cess­fully proved the case be­yond any rea­son­able doubt and con­victed the duo.

The 56-year-old woman, who killed her daugh­ter-in-law and the woman’s mother on Mon­day, had planned mur­der in June. She post­poned her plan as it was the holy month of Ramzan.

“In June, Rashida’s favourite son Mak­doom, 29, called her up to tell her he had a baby boy. Later, Mak­doom took her to hos­pi­tal to see his son. She used to come to their home and talk to his wife and wife’s mother,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Mum­bra po­lice sta­tion.

Salma Wasani, 24, and her mother Shamim Sheikh, 54, res­i­dents of Kurla, were killed by Rashida Ak­bar­ali Wasani as she was ne­glected by her son.

Rashida laced their food with seda­tives and af­ter they fell un­con­scious, she slit their throats. She sur­ren­dered her­self at Mum­bra po­lice sta­tion and con­fessed her crime.

She told the po­lice that she did not like her son get­ting closer to his in-laws. Rashida was al­legedly slapped by her son be­cause of her in laws in front of all.

It was found that they had an ar­gu­ment over not keep­ing in touch and also not pay­ing at­ten­tion to her. She al­leged that his son’s wife and mother-in­law have done some black magic be­cause of which he started keep­ing a dis­tance from her.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Mum­bra po­lice sta­tion, Ravindra Tayade, said, “The ac­cused is in po­lice cus­tody. She used to work as bar girl and she has worked in more than four bars in Mum­bai. Af­ter her hus­band left her, she started stay­ing in Mum­bra five to six years ago.”

Her el­der son and daugh­ter got mar­ried and shifted to other place. Mak­doom too got mar­ried and started liv­ing with his wife.

Rashida was booked un­der sec­tion 302 (pun­ish­ment for mur­der) and 328 (caus­ing hurt by means of poi­son with in­tent to com­mit an of­fence) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

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