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Man Gets Death Sentence For Killing Wife

2015-05-05 23:55


Krishnanagar, May 5: A man found guilty of killing his wife for dowry has been sentenced to death by an additional district judge in Nadia’s Krishnanagar on Thursday.

The verdict was delivered after the court on May 5 had found Dipankar Ghosh, a businessman, guilty for killing his wife Ashima by setting her on fire during on November 24 of 2012 at his home in Krishnaganj.

The court, however, acquitted five others including convict’s parents, who were initially accused to help him to kill his wife.

Assistant public prosecutor Ashok Mukherjee said: “The court found Dipankar guilty under section of 302 (murder) and 498 (conjugal violence) and delivered the death sentence”.

“While delivering the verdict the additional district judge -III Pratha Pratim Mukherjee termed the murder as one of the most brutal ones. He also said that the killer has a rarest type of brutal mindset as he stood in front of her wife after setting her on fire only to ensure that fire engulfed her completely. He left the place until he was satisfied that her wife was completely burnt”, the APP added.

According to the police, On November 24, 2012 Dipankar set his wife Ashima on fire. She was rescued by neighbors who took her to Krishnaganj block hospital. She was critically burnt and later shifted to NRS Hospital in Calcutta. However, after fighting for life for 11 days Ashima died. The investigating officials managed to record her dying statement, which led to arrest of Dipankar and five others of his family.

Earlier on November 25, 2012 victim’s mother Belarani Ghosh, a resident of Narayanpur village under Dhantala police station lodged a complaint at Krishnaganj police station (No. 348/12) against Dipankar and five other of her daughter’s in-laws.

The court later granted bail to the five others, while Dipankar was kept under judicial custody.

On Thursday Dipankar broke down after the judgement was delivered.

Victim’s mother Belarani said: “I am happy that guilt has been punished. Within few months after the marriage in 2010, Dipankar started torturing my daughter demanding money. He used to beat my daughter and threatened for life on repeated occasion. I am happy that the court has given him the strongest punishment. I will fight further if he challenges the judgement”

Defence lawyer Sourav Bhattacharjee said: “I will challenge the verdict in higher court as I think that the judgement is flawed and prejudicial one. The court has not properly examined the victim’s so called dying statement. The doctor under whom the victim was admitted at Krishnaganj block hospital has earlier told the court that she was not in a position to speak due her critical condition. So how did the investigating officers have her statement? Moreover, there was neither any signature or thumb impression nor signature of any witness was found on the statement, which is mandatory”.

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