Court convicts retd Armyman for parcel bomb murder 25 yrs ago

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New Delhi, Apr 28 (UNI) A city court today convicted a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army for committing the murder of his wife's lover through a parcel bomb 25 years ago.

On October 1982, a parcel bomb allegedly sent by Lt Col (retd) S J Chaudhury killed Kishan Sikand, son of Sikand Motors owner H D Sikand at his Sundernagar flat.

Lt Col Chaudhury had allegedly decided to kill Kishan as he was seeing Chaudhury's separated wife Rani, who even started living with Kishan once the divorce between her and Chaudhury was decreed.

Kishan and Rani also planned to get married in the same year and the same was communicated to Mr Sikand.

The affair was seriously objected to by Lt Col Chaudhury, which provided him the motive to kill Kishan.

Lt Col Chaudhury being trained in the use of explosives and having access to these in the Army, procured a hand grenade and put it in a parcel with a boogie trap detonating device and left it on the doorsteps of Kishan, who died due to the grenade explosion as he opened the parcel.

Additional Sessions Judge Mamta Sehgal after hearing the arguments today held guilty Lt Col Chaudhury under Section 302 IPC and various sections of Explosive Substances Act, 1908.

The court adjourned the matter for quantum of sentence on April 30.

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