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Court Reaffirmed Death Sentence For Gede Rape And Murder Convict

2015-03-13 11:45

Rape and murder convict Bimal Sardar (in green) being taken to court before pronouncement of the verdict. Picture by PRANAB DEBNATH


Krishnanagar, March 12: An additional district judge’s court in Nadia’s Krishnanagar re-affirmed death sentence to a youth on Thursday who was convicted of rape and murder of a 13 year old school girl in Gede in 2013.

Upholding the original verdict which he delivered on April 29 last year, additional district judge Parthasarathi Mukherjee reaffirmed capital punishment for the convict Bimal Sardar following a review order by Calcutta High court.

In last year the court convicted Bimal alias Battery, 24, a farm labour and residence of Gede Uttarpara, after it found him guilty under section 201, 302 and 376 of IPC for raping and murdering Archana Saha (13), a class seven student at a Madhyamik sikshakendra on June 10, 2013.

ADJ Parthasarathi Mukherjee ordered death sentence for Bimal.

However, after the order was sent for its concurrence, the Calcutta High Court asked the additional district judge to review the verdict seeking clarifications on certain points of the autopsy report and to issue fresh order.

Assistant public prosecutor Bikash Mukherjee said: “The Calcutta High court specifically sought explanation on autopsy report to confirm the cause of death of the girl. This court, therefore, summoned Sudhanshu Sekhar Jana, the doctor who conducted the autopsy to get his explanation on the points raised by the Hon’ble High court. After the explanation of the doctor, the court reaffirmed the death sentence of the convict”.

According to the prosecution, On June 10, 2013, 13 year old Archana was forced to take shelter under the shade of a shop while returning home from school during rain. Bimal offered to escort her under an umbrella. But, he took the girl to a secluded turmeric field where he raped and murdered her. He later dumped the body in a bamboo groove. The body of the girl was found a day later. In fact, Bimal was the first to trace out the body. But, locals were suspicious about his behavior as they spotted him with the girl last. So the locals started beating up him and later handed over to the police. During the interrogation Bimal had confessed his crime. He also said that he was assisted by two of his friends.

Sleuths had also found deep cut marks of his teeth around the victim’s neck. 

Delivering the judgment additional district judge (3rd court) Parthasarathi Mukherjee said that the convict had committed the ghastly crime of "in absolute normal state of mind” after raping her.
Bimal later said: “I failed to convince the court about my innocence. I expected that the court would realize and reduce my punishment”.

‘Investigation revealed that Bimal had a grudge over the girl as she a few days ago insulted her over a sleazy gesture and had even slapped him”, a police officer said.

Bimal’s lawyer Paresh Pal said: “The judgment is prejudicial. We would appeal before a division bench against the judgment”.

Meanwhile, Bimal’s wife Pinki, mother of a 1 year old male child, said: “We are very poor. It would be very tough for me to continue the legal battle further. I know my husband is innocent. The police have implicated him with false charges. It was two other youths who actually committed the crime, but police spared them. I will appeal for help to the state government to save life of my husband”.

Victim’s mother elder brother Ashish, said: “We are happy about the judgment. I hope this type of verdict would render in to reduce such crime in society”. 

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