Rape and murder: two culprits sentenced to capital punishment

By Our Correspondent

Agartala February 14 ,2020 : After a long time a district and session court in Gomati district has sentenced two persons , accused and proved guilty of rape and murder of a minor girl , to death by hanging . During the past fourteen years since 2006 when Samir Bhowmik of Charilam area in present Sepahijala district had been sentenced to death by West district court, this is the first sentencing to death of two culprits involved in rape and murder of a minor girl.
Giving details of the case special public prosecutor of Gomati district and session court Paltu Das  said that on December 5 2018 a minor girl of Natun Bazar area of Amarpur subdivision, had been going to her Krishna Kanta J.B.School around 9-00 in the morning . She was waylaid on the road by two miscreants of the locality Kashtarai Tripura and Bhanja Tripura who dragged the minor girl into the nearby jungle and consecutively raped her . Then they took girl and drowned her head in the soft pit on the lower side of a nearby pond and killed her before burying her in a pit they had dug. The hapless girl had also been hit with a club before the actual murder. 

On the basis of a FIR filed by the slain minor girl’s brother the inquiry officer of Natun Bazar police station sub-inspector Dhrubajyoti Debbarma investigated the murder and found irrefutable evidence and filed a charge-sheet . After a long hearing in the course of which 32 people gave witnesses the fast track section of Udaipur district and session court found Kashtarai Tripura and Bhanja Tripura guilty and yesterday sentenced them to death under provisions of Sections 376(d), /302/363/201(34) and clause 4 of POCSO Act . They were sentenced to death besides jail for seven years and penalty under different sections. 

However, legal sources said that the death sentence will be reviewed by the high court in a natural course and the sentencing will be executed unless the condemned persons appeal to Supreme Court and then seek clemency petition to the President. Hence executing the sentence will take time.

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