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Thane: MCOCA court sentences four to life imprisonment for killing two in bar, looting valuables

08 June,2023 01:00 PM IST |  Thane  |  mid-day online correspondent

Special Public Prosecutor Sangeeta Phad told the court that the four men barged into a country liquor bar in Boisar on February 16, 2010, and fired indiscriminately, killing the owner and another person

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A special anti-organised crime court in Maharashtra's Thane district has sentenced four men to life imprisonment after convicting them for killing two persons in a country liquor bar and looting valuables 13 years ago, reported news agency PTI.

In his order on Wednesday, Special Judge (MCOCA) Amit M Shete also imposed a fine of Rs 11.05 lakh on each of the four convicts, who belong to the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.

The four, in their 30s, were given the life sentence under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and Indian Penal Code (IPC) on three different counts which will run concurrently.

Special Public Prosecutor Sangeeta Phad told the court that the four men barged into a country liquor bar in Boisar on February 16, 2010, and fired indiscriminately, killing the owner and another person. They also looted valuables worth over Rs 1.69 lakh.

While the defence pleaded for leniency on the grounds that the four have already spent more than 10 years behind bars, the court rejected the contention. It accepted the prosecution's argument that the four committed "two brutal murders that too by dangerous weapons".

In his order, the judge said, "The accused have committed series of similar kind of offences of robbery, dacoity as well as dacoity with murder."

The court said the four deserve life punishment under IPC section 396 (committing murder during dacoity) and under MCOCA section 3 (organised crime).

According to the special public prosecutor, 17 witnesses were examined to prove the case against the four.

The court also directed that a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh each be given to the kin of the deceased on deposit of the fine amount by the convicts.

Meanwhile, a man in jail for more than six years following arrest in a godown theft case has been sentenced to six years' simple imprisonment by a court in Maharashtra's Thane district, reported PTI.

The 23-year-old accused, Deepak Rajendra Shah, "shall be given set off under Section 428 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) for the period of detention which he has already undergone in jail from June 1, 2016," Additional sessions judge D B Bangde said in the order passed on May 29, reported PTI.

Section 428 of the CrPC pertains to period of detention undergone by the accused to be set off against the sentence or imprisonment.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the accused, as per the order, a copy of which was made available on Monday.

Additional public prosecutor S H Mhatre told the court on the intervening night of May 19 and 20, 2016, Shah along with other co-accused trespassed into a godown in Bhiwandi area of Thane and stole 39 sacks of yarn worth Rs 4,05,600.

The other co-accused were in the habit of receiving the stolen property, the court was told.
The judge in his order said, "The accused is produced before the court today for framing of the charge. I have framed the charge against him. The accused voluntarily pleaded guilty to the charge."

"Therefore, I hold the accused guilty for offences punishable under Indian Penal Code sections 457 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence) and 380 (theft)," the judge said.

The accused submitted that he is a labourer and his family's financial condition is very poor. He is the sole earning member of his family. There is no one to look after his family, the court noted.

"On perusal of the record, it is revealed the accused was arrested on June 1, 2016. The accused has been in jail for a period of more than six years till today," the judge said.

"The trial could not be commenced earlier. Now, the accused is voluntarily pleading guilty to the charge against him. In my opinion, these circumstances can be considered as mitigating factors while convicting the accused by imposing lesser punishment," the court said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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