Three men who were arrested for the gangrape and murder of a 21-year-old college student in Kamduni two years ago were given death sentences by a Kolkata court today. Three other convicts involved in the gruesome case got life imprisonment.
Additional Sessions Judge Sanchita Sarkar handed out capital sentences to Aminul Ali, Saiful Ali and Ansar Ali, while Imanul Islam, Aminul Islam and Bhola Naskar were sentenced to life imprisonment.
The gangrape and murder happened in Kamduni, about 50 km from Kolkata, when the young woman was returning home after appearing for an examination at her college on June 7, 2013. She was a second year BA student, and was pulled into a farm by the rapists after alighting from a bus.
Her mutilated body was found the next morning in the farm. The incident had sparked widespread outrage in the state amid serious concerns over women's safety.
Rejecting arguments for not giving death sentence to the three, who were found guilty of gangrape and murder, the judge pronounced the sentences at 3.40 pm.
Saiful Ali, Ansar Ali and Aminul Ali were found guilty under sections 376(d) (gangrape), 302 (murder), 376A (inflicting injury which causes death of a woman) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.
The judge found the other three guilty under sections 376(d) (gangrape), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of IPC.
Two accused—Rafiqul Islam and Nur Ali—were acquitted on Thursday due to to lack of evidence against them. Another accused Gopal Naskar died during the trial in August last year.
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