April 22, 2015 7:38:57 pm
The Morigaon districts and sessions courts on Wednesday awarded death sentence to three persons after holding them guilty in the abduction and gruesome murder of a 21-year old youth of Jagiroad town about four years ago.
Delivering a 108-page judgment, district and sessions judge Ikramul Hussain described the case as “rarest of the rare”, compared it to the abduction and murder of a schoolboy in Tinsukia district committed way back in 1975, and pronounced death sentence for the three persons – Mohan Teron, Sanjay Chand and Bhim Das – convicted under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC in the case.
The trio had abducted Arup Dutta (21), son of Apu Dutta, a businessman of Jagiroad town in Morigaon district, about 45 kms east of Guwahati, on July 17, 2011, kept him confined in an undisclosed place, and then demanded a sum of Rs 50 lakh from his father for release of his son. The trio used a mobile phone to make the ransom demand in the name of an armed underground group.
The boy’s father however lodged an FIR with the police, but even before the police could track down the culprits on the basis of mobile phone locations, the three had already killed Arup Dutta by beheading him with a sharp dao (machete) in a densely forested hill in the adjoining Karbi Anglong district and concealed the body.
The police, after arrest of the three culprits one after the other, later recovered the highly decomposed beheaded body of Arup Dutta from the Amguri hills in Karbi Anglong, which was identified on the basis of DNA tests. The trio also confessed to have killed Arup on August 28, 2011, with the judgment noting that they continued to demand money for the release of Arup even after he was killed.
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