HC up­holds death for five in hon­our killing

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In a set­back to five men from Ahmed­na­gar, the Bom­bay High Court on Mon­day up­held the death sen­tence awarded to them for killing three men of a com­mu­nity.

Six per­sons had been ac­cused of the hon­our killing. A bench of Jus­tices Bhushan Dhar­mad­hikari and San­deep Shinde up­held the con­vic­tion of five men - Ra­gu­nath Daran­dale, Prakash Daran­dale, Ramesh Daran­dale, Ganesh Daran­dale and San­deep Kurhe. At the same time, the bench ac­quit­ted one ac­cused - Ashok Nav­gire. Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion, the five men had killed Sachin Gharu, San­deep Dnan­ware and Ti­lak Kan­dare.

The pros­e­cu­tion had claimed that Sachin fell in love with a girl from the Daran­dale fam­ily, which was op­pos­ing the re­la­tion­ship. The sole rea­son for their op­po­si­tion was that Sachin worked as a sweeper and be­longed to a lower caste.

Af­ter learn­ing of the re­la­tion­ship, the Daran­dale fam­ily hatched a con­spir­acy to kill Sachin and ac­cord­ingly called him to clean the sep­tic tank in their house. The vic­tim, Sachin, was ac­com­pa­nied by two other vic­tims and thus they too were killed.

Hav­ing dealt with the chal­lenges filed by the con­victs against the ver­dict of a lower court, the bench led by Jus­tice Dhar­mad­hikari con­cluded that the five men had con­spired and com­mit­ted a cold-blooded mur­der. The bench also held that the mur­der case was one of the rarest of rare and thus death was the only pun­ish­ment.

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